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Written by Lanka Nest   
Sunday, 09 March 2008

Image This Dagaba was constructed by King Valagamba  ( 89 – 77 BCE). Originally it’s height was  about 350 ft but now it is only 240 ft.

At the foot of the Dagaba is a ‘Boradama’  made out of lime stone, with a motif of lotus petals. In the third  ‘Thesa Valalu’ of the Dagaba,  is a line of  elephant heads.

 Recent excavations have unearthed a  stone ‘ Siri Pathuala’ –  foot print of the Buddha.  Before the dagabas  came into rexistence,  there were various objects   representing   the Buddha were used for worship.  This  Siripahula may belong to that period.  With  Dagabas and Images   becoming popular, those objects of worship which were meant to symbolize the Buddha would have  been gradually discarded . In the wide open space at the foot of the Dagaba, usually referred to as the ‘ Maluwa’,  you can see   ‘siri pathualas’  of various types. There are also  the  ruins of two ‘Pushpasanas’ (  slabs on which you place the flowers you offer to the  Budhdha).  It is possible that they were mounted on  stone pillars in the shape of  the stem of  lotus flowers.

According to the Maha Wamsa,  King Valagamaba  being  over thrown by  a South Indian  invader was fleeing out of the  Northern  City Gate of AnuradhaPura . A ‘Nighanta’ called ‘Giri’ who  was residing  at the present premises of Jetawana Dagaba, saw him fleeing and  had made some insulting remarks at the fleeing king. When the King after a time  defeated the invader and established himself  on the  throne again,  he  constructed a  great Dagaba  in the place where  the Nighanata called ‘Giri’ was residing at the time he was fleeing from the city. The king joined his name ‘ Abhaya’  with  the name of the Nighanata ‘Giri’ and called it ‘Abhayagiri’ Dagaba. By the side of the Abhayagiri  dagaba, you can see a  ‘Bath Oruwa’ ( Rice Boat ) and a ‘Kenda Oruwa’ ( Porridge Boat ) both  in the shape of a boat. Both are made out of stone. These are considered to be  parts of the various items used in the ‘Daana Saalawa’ ( Alms  hall - where Buddhist monks take their food ) of the Abhayagiri monks  at that time.  This Dagaba with a diameter of 45 ft is constructed on a ‘Maluwa’  with a diameter  of 132 ft. 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 April 2008 )
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