Saturday, 14 March 2020

Mihintale Mihindu Seya

Mihindu Seya
Mihindu Seya is a Stupa located in the ancient monastery complex of Mihintale, Anuradhapura District, Sri Lanka.

According to the chronicle Mahawamsa, King Uttiya (c. 267-257 B.C), the younger brother of King Devanampiyatissa (247-207 B.C.), built a Stupa on the summit of the Mihintale mountain by enshrining a part of the relic of Arhat Mahinda Thera, the Buddhsit monk who brought the Buddhism to Sri Lanka in the 3rd century B.C. (Nicholas, 1963). The old Stupa which is found to the west of the Maha Seya has been identified as that Stupa which is mentioned in the chronicle Mahawamsa (Nicholas, 1963). Presently, this Stupa is called as the Mihindu Seya (the Stupa of Mahinda).

An old Stupa
The bricks with Brahmi letters of the B.C. centuries those were found among the ruins of this Stupa indicate that Mihindu Seya is one of the oldest Stupas built in the country.

Excavations were carried out on the Stupa in 1951, by the Archaeological Department. During the excavations, several golden and clay caskets and Buddha images were unearthed (Wikramagamage, 2004). The Buddha images have been assigned to the 7th century A.D. and therefore it is believed that this Stupa had been renovated during that century (Wikramagamage, 2004). The relic embryo of the Stupa is also said to be discovered by the excavations.

Mihindu Seya .
1) Nicholas, C. W., 1963. Historical topography of ancient and medieval Ceylon. Journal of the Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, New Series (Vol VI). Special Number: Colombo. Royal Asiatic Society (Ceylon Branch). pp.164.
2) Wikramagamage, C., 2004. Heritage of Rajarata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo. Central Bank of Sri Lanka. pp.170-171.

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