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Solosmasthana are the 16 sacred places of worship in Sri Lanka located throughout the country. It is believed that these places have been hallowed by Gautama Buddha during his three visits to Sri Lanka.
Mahiyanganaya Temple has the honor of being the first stupa in Sri Lanka and is also the first sacred place to be hallowed by Gautama Buddha's first journey to Sri Lanka. A journey to this place will set your mind in a spiritual state given the immense sense of serenity that permeates this sacred place of worship.
This sacred place of worship was hallowed during the second visit of Gautama Buddha when he came to mediate in a dispute between two Naga Kings namely "Chulodara & Mahodara" over the possession of a gem studded throne. However, later as they become pious devotees of Lord Buddha, this precious throne offered to the Buddha, was returned to the Naga Kings and was later enshrined in this stupa.
This sacred Kelaniya Temple was hallowed by Lord Buddha during his third & final visit to Sri Lanka eight years after enlightenment. According to the great chronicle of Sri Lanka "Mahawamsa", the original stupa of this sacred temple enshrined a gem studded throne on which Lord Buddha sat & preached. A sacred place of worship, this temple is also well known for its marvelous historical wall paintings that depict remarkable events in the life of Lord Buddha.
According to the great chronicle of Sri Lanka "Mahavamsa", during Lord Buddha's third visit to Sri Lanka, he flew from Kelaniya to Sri Pada and placed his footprint on the summit of this holy mountain at the invitation of the deity Saman. The real footprint on Adam's Peak is believed to be set in jewels beneath the visible rock. This sacred place of worship is the fifth highest mountain in the country and over 7000 feet in height.
This sacred cave temple is believed to be the place where Lord Gautama Buddha rested while visiting "Sri Pada - Adam's Peak" with 500 priests. This temple is one of the nine places hallowed by Gautama Buddha during his third visit to Sri Lanka. "Diva" simply means "heavenly" due to the uniqueness of this sacred cave temple's spectacular views of the sacred "Adam's Peak" and its size enabled it to shelter more than 500 people at once.
This stupa was built by King Sadatissa during the 2nd century BC by enshrining relics of Lord Buddha. A sacred place of worship to Sri Lankans and Buddhists from world over, this stupa was covered by a jacket decorated with golden lotus flowers and various gems according to "Mahavamsa".
This sacred temple was also hallowed by Lord Gautama Buddha during his third visit to Sri Lanka. It is believed that he spent a few moments being absorbed in ecstatic meditation at this sacred place of worship. According to legend, Lord Buddha gave his sermons at this venerated location and later on, King "Indaka" built a stupa at this very location and enshrining his sacred relics inside.
Tissamaharamaya takes pride in being one of the largest monasteries in Sri Lanka as well as the largest stupa in southern region. Apart from the sacred relics that are enshrined, this stupa lies on ground that was hallowed by Lord Buddha & his 500 Arhaths during his 3rd visit to Sri Lanka. Being surrounded by lush green paddy fields with a cool breeze brings an immense sense of tranquility to worshippers in this serene environment.
The Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura is a sapling off the original Sri Maha Bodhi in Buddha Gaya in India under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. A sapling off the Sri Maha Bodhi in Sri Lanka was planted in place of the original Sri Maha Bodhiya in Buddha Gaya. It is known to be the oldest living human planted tree in the world and is exactly 2263 years old. This sacred sapling was brought to Sri Lanka during the 3rd Century BC by princess Sanghamitta, sister of the Arhant Mahinda, who brought Buddhism to Sri Lanka.
This stupa was built by the great king Dutugemunu and it enshrined a relic studded sceptre of the king. Legend has it that King Dutugamunu was going to the water festival after his consecration. He left his sceptre which had a scared relic of Buddha inside, at this location. When he returned, the sceptre was stuck and nobody could remove it. On seeing this miracle happen, the king constructed a stupa here which is now a sacred place of worship.
This sacred place of worship in Sri Lanka is one of the tallest stupas in the world and it enshrines the largest number of Lord Buddha's bodily relics. While King Dutugemunu started building this great stupa, it was completed by King Saddatissa (137 - 1198B.C) and is respected by many Buddhist followers all over the world. The legendary history behind this great stupa is amazing as Lord Buddha predicted the building of a great stupa at this very location in the future.
This stupa is known to be built in the country after the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka by enshrining sacred relics of Lord Buddha by King Devanampiyatissa. Devotees have the opportunity to witness a unique architectural feature called "Vatadage", a stupa house which once completely houses the stupa. At present however, the only remnants are four concentric circles of stone pillars found around the stupa. The ruins of this complex covers nearly a vast 3 1/2 acres.
This sacred place of worship in Sri Lanka is said to house several relics of Lord Buddha, and more interestingly, the Tripitaka inscribed in gold leaves are said to be enshrined here too. Abhayagiriya is one of the largest in the region and also has been recognized as an UNESCO world heritage site.
Jethavanaramaya is one of the three main stupas found in the Anuradhapura area. It is said that this is the biggest stupa ever built anywhere in the Buddhist world. It is also the third largest building in the world in its time. As a brick based building, it is the tallest of its kind in the world. It is said that the waist band of the Lord Buddha is enshrined in this massive edifice which was constructed by King Mahasen.
Legend states that relics are enshrined in this sacred Sela Cetiya. Referred to as the cradle of Bhuddism, The Sela Cetiya is found in Mihintala where Arhant Mahinda, a Buddhist monk depicted in Buddhist sources as bringing Buddhism to Sri Lanka came across king Devanampiyatissa.
Dhatuvamsa states that the Buddha stopped here for a short period during his third visit to Sri Lanka just before reaching Tissamaharama. First built by a local ruler called Mahasena, according to legend, this sacred place of worship has a lock of Lord Buddha's hair and the "Pathkada", a piece of cloth used by him enshrined inside.
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** Other sacred places within "16 sacred places of worship" such as Nagadeepa, Sri Pada (seasonal), Divaguhawa & Dighavapi can be added on request based on the preference of the travelers.
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