Silacetiya (Kujjhatissa)

Silacetiya is a Stupa situated in the ancient Anuradhapura City. It is said to have been built during the reign of King Saddhatissa (137-119 B.C.)
Silacetiya (Kujjhatissa)
Silacetiya (Kujjhatissa)

Silacetiya, also known as Kujjhatissa Stupa (Sinhala: සිලාචේතිය, කුජ්ජතිස්ස ස්තූපය), is a Stupa in the ancient city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. It is located east of Ruwanweliseya and west of Jetavanarama Stupa.


The history of Silacetiya is linked to the early Anuradhapura Period. It is said that this Stupa had been built during the reign of King Saddhatissa (137-119 B.C.). However, the current structure has architectural features belonging to the latter part of the Anuradhapura period.

The Stupa has been identified by Skinner as Silacetiya in his maps drawn in the 19th century.


Chronicle Mahawamsa and Manorathapurani have referred to this structure as Silacetiya. According to the account given in Manorathapurani, during the reign of King Saddhatissa, the remains of an Arhat named Kujjhatissa had levitated and travelled to the place where the Silacetiya stands today and exhibited miracles.

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