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Ampara | Neelagiri Stupa

Neelagiri Stupa

Hidden in the vast jungles of Lahugala forest reserve and surrounded by wild elephants is the largest stupa in the Eastern Province of Sri LankaBuilt in the third century BC under patron ship of King Kawanthissa the stupa and the monastery around had been called ‘Uttara Seevali Pabbata Viharaya’ in its glory days. 

Alleged to be the legendary Maha Nuggala Stupa, where King Kawantissa requestedhis ten chief generals and the maha sanga to be impartial in case of a dispute over the thorn between his two sons, princes Duttugamunu and Saddatissa after his dismissal the Neelagiri stupa according to the archaeology excavations is a part of a larger monastery complex, which flourished in the Eastern province during the times of Tamil takeover of Anuradhapura, the country’s administrative and cultural centre.

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