Maha Seya Mihintale
මිහින්තලේ මහා සෑය
Maha Seya Mihintale (Great Stupa)
The largest stupa on the Mihintale summit is known as the Ambasthala Maha Saya, Ambulu-cétiya or Ambulu-Dagaba. From this spot, it is possible to have a view of a large stretch of countryside extending into the far distance. King Mahadathika Mahanaga originally constructed this in the first century. According to tradition, a white hair turned clock-wise on the forehead between the eyebrows was enshrined in it.
The circumference of the stupa is 41.48 meters, and it has a height of 13.72 meters. It has three terraces. The spire collapsed before 1890. This was renovated at the initiative of a Siamese Prince. The broken portion of the stupa conserved later and was renovated by the State Engineering Corporation.
(Heritage of Rajarata by Prof. Chandra Wikramagamage P171)
References & External Links
Wikipedia - Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA)
Professor T.G.Kulathunga (2004). "4". Lankave Stupaya(Stupa of Sri lanka) (in Sinhala) (first ed.)