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Thuparama Dagoba, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka | by Thushan S. Withana-Gamage
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Thuparama Dagoba, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

King Devanam Piya Tissa built the Thuparama dagaba to enshrine this relic. This was thus the oldest stupa built in Sri Lanka. Originally it was in the shape of a heap of paddy but as restorations were done in later years, it took the form as seen today. It has a diameter of 59 feet 6 inches at the base. As the name suggests, Thuparama comprised a ‘stupa’ and an ‘arama,’ a residential complex. Ruins of such a complex can be seen within an area of over three acres around the ‘stupa.’

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Taken on July 22, 2008