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Sandagiri Monastery 

Located 330 meters to the East of the Thissamaharama moastery is the Sandagiriya. It is part of the main East-West axis that connects the four main stupas in Ruhuna which are Manik, Yatala, Tissamaharama and Sandagiriya. Believed to have been originally built by King Mahanaga and later reconstructed by King Kawantissa the Sandagiri monastery is the one closest to the Thissamaharama monastery. Excavations at this site revealed a large Bodhi Gara which was built when one of the eight seedlings of the Sri Maha Bodhi Tree was ceremoniously planted in the vicinity. Apart from the stupaya ruins of an image house, a stone pillar with inscriptions and other buildings can be explored.

 

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