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Thisa Wewa

Anuradhapura, Ancient Central, Sri Lanka.
Location : Anuradhapura
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This reservoir is said to have been built by king Devanampiya Tissa (250-210 BC), it is situated in the sacred area of the city of Anuradhapura, and it has been constructed to provide water to that city.
The Ranmasu Uyana (the gold fish park), Isuruminiya and Vessagiriya are located very closed to the Thisa wewa reservoir; and the Mirisavati Chetiya is situated near the eastern bank of this reservoir.
The water of this reservoir is said to have been utilised for the consecrations of kings, and for merry making sport festivals by kings. The ways of distributing the water of this reservoir are mentioned in the royal edict set up by king Mahinda IV (956-972) at Mihintale.
Some kings of the Anuradhapura period have made arrangements through the ancient irrigation engineer to carry water through underground clay pipes to some Buddhist monasteries. It is said that this reservoir was built on an elevated ground in order to supply water to some religious edifices and to the royal palace.
Beside the Thisa Wewa reservoir, the other reservoirs named Basavakkulama, the ancient Abhayavava, Periyakulama and the Nuwara Wewa had been built in order to supply water to the city.

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