Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Kotmale Mahaweli Maha Seya

Kotmale Mahaweli Maha Seya
Kotmale Mahaweli Maha Seya is a recently built colossal Stupa located in the vicinity of Kotmale Reservoir, Nuwara Eliya District, Sri Lanka. 

History
Kotmale Seya Stupa came into existence from an idea of Gamini Dissanayaka, the then Minister of Mahaweli Development Project. It was built in memory of the submerged temples and the people who had to leave their properties when the Kothmale Reservoir was built (The Kotmale Reservoir project is one of five major projects that was undertaken under the Mahaweli Development Scheme. Its dam was constructed in 1979 and water filling of the reservoir was started in 1984).

The construction work of the Kotmale Mahaweli Maha Seya Stupa was commenced in 1983, by then Sri Lanka President, J. R. Jayewardene (1977-1989). However, due to various circumstances, the completion of the Stupa was delayed for 33 years. On 20 June 2016, the completed Stupa was declared open by the Sri Lanka president, Maithripala Sirisena.

Stupa
The Stupa is about 87.38 m tall (Abeyawardana, 2004) and has been built following the design of Ruwanweli Seya in Anuradhapura. 
Mahaweli Maha Seya Mahaweli Maha Seya
References
1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Kandurata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka.  pp.243-244.

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