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Thiriyai Vatadage

Thiriyaya, Tiriyaya, East Coast, Sri Lanka.
Location : Tiriyaya
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Located 45km from Trincomalee, this is one of the best monuments on the East Coast of Sri Lanka. The ancient monument’s history dates back to 7AD when a Chinese pilgrim wrote that he saw two stupas at the site in which hair relics were placed.
In the 1980s archaeologists uncovered under a stone slab near the Vatadage 31 Buddha images, 11 Bodhisattva images and a casket. The upper part of this monument forms the dagoba and the lower part is carved with Dhyana Buddhas.
Thiriyai is a small Tamil village in the eastern Trincomalee District of Sri Lanka and is an old seaport of the Jaffna Kingdom. It is situated about 25 miles north of Trincomalee town through Nilaveli. Thiriyai is among the ancient Tamil villages of the district and had over 700 families. But due to the ethnic conflict, most families fled the village although they are now returning since the end of the war.
Pre-Christian Tamil Brahmin inscriptions have been found in the area, the oldest belonging to the 2nd century B.C. During Paramesvaravarman I’s reign, the famous Tiriyai Pallava Grantha Manipravalam inscriptions of 7th-8th century Tamilakkam were recorded in the village. The inscription refers to Tamil merchant mariners from Tamil Nadu, their seafaring and commerce to Trincomalee.

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