Posted on 26-Apr-2019

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Jethawanaramaya of Anuradhapura Kingdom

The ancient city of Anuradhapura is a UNESCO world heritage site and has several magnificent monuments which includes some of the tallest structures of ancient world: Jetavanaramaya Dagoba, Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba and Abhayagiri Dagoba. The first 2 are close to each other while the third one is around 5km away from them. A Buddhist stupa is known as Dagoba in Sri Lanka and it contains the holy relics of Buddha. Jethawanaramaya has a part of belt worn by Buddha.

It was built as a result of the rising rivalry between the 2 sects prominent sects of Buddhism. The King Mahasena was loyal to Theravada sect and he ransacked the monastery of Mahayana sect. After plenty of negotiations with his minister Meghavannabhaya who led a rebellion, the King apologized and agreed to construct Jetavanaramaya Dagoba for the Mahayana sect.

During the reign of King Gothabhaya (253-266 AC) a disagreement took place between the theras of Maha Vihara Monastery and the Abhayagiri Monastery regarding a certain doctrine. The King Gothabhaya took the side of the Maha Vihara and took severe measures against the theras of the Abhayagiri Monastery. During this time the theras of this monastery had to seek sanctuary in India.

One of the disciples of the banished theras called Sangamitta thero decided to avenge the bikkus of Mahavihara. He came back to Sri Lanka and gained the favour of king Gothabhaya (253-266 AC) and was entrusted to teach his two sons prince Mahasen
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