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District Badulla
Province Uva Province
Location Mahiyangana, Sri Lanka
Geographic coordinates 07°19′19.4″N 80°59′26.9″

The Buddha visited the Mahiyangana area in the ninth month after attaining enlightenment, according to historical sources including the ancient chronicle Mahavamsa, which was his first visit to the country. Sri Lanka was populated by rakshasas at the period, according to the Mahavamsa. According to legend, the Buddha subdued the yakshas and gave them a Dhamma talk. They were then dispatched to Giri, a little island off the coast of India, to purify the country and establish Buddhism there later, when it would reign supreme.
After listening to the Buddha’s lecture, a Yakka chieftain named Saman (who is today regarded as a divinity) gained Sotpanna (Sovan) and begged the Buddha for a sign that they might worship in his absence. The Buddha had given him a handful of his hair, which Saman afterwards placed in a 10-foot (3.0-meter) tall stupa. The first stupa in Sri Lanka was constructed here.
An Arahant named Sarabhu presented the Buddha’s left collar bone, which had been salvaged from the cremation pyre, after the Buddha’s parnirvana in 543 BC. This relic was likewise housed within the same stupa, which had been extended to 18 feet in height (5.5 m).

 

Sri Lankan legend has it that the Buddha visited the Mahiyangana area after attaining enlightenment. Sri Lanka was populated by rakshasas at the period, according to the Mahavamsa. The Buddha had given a yakka chieftain a handful of his hair, which he put in a stupa.

 

This stupa has been restored and increased by other kings since then, notably Dugatta Gamini, who built it to a height of 120 feet (37 m). Other rulers, such as Voharika Tissa Sena and Kirti Sri Raja Sinha, have worked on the temple’s renovations and maintenance. Under the leadership of D S Senanayake, a group was created in 1942 to renovate the temple. Work on the stupa Mahiyangana’s reconstruction began in 1953 and finished in 1980 with the building of a new pinnacle. Sivuhelaya (Sri Lanka) was populated by Sivu-Helayos, according to Mahavamsa. At the time, the Yakkhas (clan) lived in Mahiyangana. It is said that the Buddha had a Dhamma conversation with them. After hearing the Buddha’s teaching, a Yakkha chieftain named Saman (who is today considered as a divinity) acquired Sotapanna and asked a symbol from the Buddha so that people might worship in his absence. The Buddha handed him a handful of hair relics from his head, which Saman eventually placed in a 10-foot-high stupa. This was the first stupa built in Sri Lanka during Lord Buddha’s lifetime. An Arhant named Sarabhu brought the Buddha’s left shoulder bone, which had been salvaged from the cremation pyre, after the Buddha’s parinirvana. The Stupa was also ensconced with this relic, and it was raised to a height of 18 feet (5.5 m). This Stupa has been repaired and expanded by numerous rulers since then. It was built to a height of 120 feet by King Dutugamunu. The temple has been maintained by rulers like as Voharikatissa Sena II, Vijayabahu I, and Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe. Under the leadership of Rt Hon. D. S. Senanayake, Sri Lanka’s first Prime Minister, a society was created in 1942 to renovate the temple. Work on the Stupa’s reconstruction began in 1953 and finished in 1980 with the creation of a new pinnacle.

Mahiyangana was the first stupa built in Sri Lanka during Lord Buddha’s lifetime. It was built to a height of 120 feet by King Dutugamunu. Work on the Stupa’s reconstruction began in 1953 and finished in 1980.

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