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The Stupa

King Mahasen (273-301 AD) has the honour of being the creater of the largest stupa in Sri Lanka. A part of a sash (belt tied by the Buddha is believed to be enshrined here). Its height is 400ft, this is considered as the largest stupa in the whole world. This stupa belongs to the Sagalika sect. The compound of the stupa is 8 acres. The stupa at the time has housed over 3000 Buddhist monks. One side of the stupa is 576 feet in depth. The 4 flight of steps at the four sides is 28 feet in depth. The doorpost to the shrine which is situated at the courtyard is 27 feet in height. It is a feet underground. There are some stone inscriptions in the courtyard with the names of donors inscribed. It is said by the British Archeologists who excavated the site that the amount of bricks used to build the stupa is enough to build a three-meter high wall, running all the way from Edinburgh to London.


The Stupa is located in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura is an ancient capital of Sri Lanka, famous for its monuments and architecture. ...

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