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Ruwanweliseya, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

#Ruwanwelisaya in Anuradhapura is one of the most venerated stupas in Sri Lanka. This stupa is known as ‘#Rathnamali #seya’ and ‘#Swarnamali #Seya’. This religious site is best for travelers who seek spiritual peace for their lives. It is neither the tallest nor the biggest stupa but it is venerated most for its significance of having the biggest number of relics of Gautama Buddha. #Anuradhapura is also a tourist attraction because of its historical and religious importance. Vishmi Travels invites the travelers who are keen on exploring religious places to come and see #Ruwanweliseya.

Ruwanweli Mahaseya was built by king #Dutugemunu during 137BC -119BC. Today’s stupa is not the old tupa built by the king because it underwent subsequent renovations. Its design is bubble-like. #Ruwanwelisaya is one of the #Solosmasthana (16 veneration venues) and #Atamasthana (8 veneration venues) in Sri Lanka. There are statues of king #Dutugemunu and queen #Viharamahadevi (mother of the king) around the stupa. The stupa is 338ft high and the circumference is 951ft.

#Ruwanwelseya is associated with many beautiful stories. One such story is that King #Dutugemunu could not finish the work of this stupa before his death. Hence, the king's younger brother covered the stupa with white clothes and pretended that the stupa was completed. This made king #Dutugemunu so happy. History says that the king died peacefully, knowing that the stupa was completed. After the king’s death, his younger brother, king #Saddhathissa completed the construction of the stupa.

#Ruwanwelisaya is a place with immense spiritual power and blessings. Buddhists believe that worshiping the stupa before every beginning is a good sign. Those who wish to sit for an examination, those who wish to have a baby, those who wish to go abroad and start a business, come to #Ruwanweliseya to obtain blessings. Sometimes, even the presidential oath ceremony takes place at #Ruwanwelisaya.

The best time of the day to visit the stupa is either the morning or the evening because the time from 9 a.m- 4 p.m becomes very hot in #Anuradhapura.

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