Eth Vehera Stupa in Mihintale Monastery
Eth Vehera Stupa in Mihintale Monastery (Atvehera)
Eth Vehera is located on the Mihintalé summit. There is a brick-built stupa on a terrace 14 meters in diameter. There is a stone plateau on a section of the compound. The stupa contains three terraces. The total height of the terraces is 2 meters, and the stupa measures about 3.5 meters. These measurements were retained during renovations in 1984. The compound, too, is circular.
Guard stones and balustrades serve the flight of steps leading to the compound at the entrance. At the end of the flight of steps is a container to retain water which measures 130 x 60 c.m. Those entering the compound to the stupa would wash their feet from this water container. There is a long route also leading up to this spot. Flights of steps are found at different spots along that route. The date of construction of this route has not been fixed.
(Heritage of Rajarata by Prof. Chandra Wikramagamage P171)
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