- 1 What is special in Anuradhapura?
- 2 Is Anuradhapura worth visiting?
- 3 What are the sacred places in Anuradhapura?
- 4 Why is Anuradhapura important?
- 5 What is the best time to visit Anuradhapura?
- 6 Is Polonnaruwa worth visiting?
- 7 Is Dambulla worth visiting?
- 8 Who made Kuttam Pokuna?
- 9 Why Lord Buddha came to Kelaniya?
- 10 What is Bodhigara?
- 11 How did Anuradhapura get its name?
- 12 Is the old Anuradhapura still there in Sri Lanka?
What is special in Anuradhapura?
Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sinhala civilization. It was the third capital of the kingdom of Rajarata, following the kingdoms of Tambapanni and Upatissa Nuwara.
Is Anuradhapura worth visiting?
I’m glad I decided to go because Anuradhapura is definitely worth the visit. It is scenic, peaceful, and can at times feel like a surreal experience. I’ve never been to a countryside where massive stupas and dagobas jutted out in the distance.
What are the sacred places in Anuradhapura?
The sacred places are known as Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya, Ruwanwelisaya, Thuparamaya, Lovamahapaya, Abhayagiri Dagaba, Jetavanarama, Mirisaveti Stupa and Lankarama. They are situated in Anuradhapura, the capital of the ancient Anuradhapura Kingdom.
Why is Anuradhapura important?
Anuradhapura was Sri Lanka’s first Planned City and the First Historical Capital of Sri Lanka founded in 5th century BC gives a fascinating glimpse of a stately, well laid-out pre-Christian metropolis of massive Buddhist shrines and monasteries, splendid palaces, pavilions, and parks, bathing ponds and vast reservoirs,
What is the best time to visit Anuradhapura?
The best time to visit Anuradhapura is in the month of April through September. With the average temperature varying a little, the hottest time of the year in Anuradhapura is May, June and July, with the highest being 35.3°C in the latter half of May; and night temperature is 26°C roughly.
Is Polonnaruwa worth visiting?
Polonnaruwa is located 2 hours away from Sigiriya, around 4 hours from Kandy and is part of the cultural triangle of Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and Anuradapura. So, it’s definitely worth making your way here from Sigiriya and exploring the wonders of the Lions Rock.
Is Dambulla worth visiting?
Dambulla is an amazing place to visit in Sri Lanka and somewhere you definitely need to visit on your trip. After spending 3 days in Kandy in Sri Lanka, we decided to head up to Dambulla for two nights to specifically see the famous Sigiriya Rock and the incredible Dambulla Temple Caves.
Who made Kuttam Pokuna?
One of the best specimen of bathing tanks or pools in ancient Sri Lanka is the pair of pools known as Kuttam Pokuna (Twin Ponds/Pools). The said pair of pools were built by the Sinhalese in the ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura.
Why Lord Buddha came to Kelaniya?
It is believed to be the place where lord Buddha visited Sri Lanka for the third time and the Mahawansa state this visit was due to an invitation from king Maniakkika and lord Buddha arrived in Kelaniya with 500 arhattheros.
What is Bodhigara?
A Bodhigara was a temple building in which a Bo-tree was venerated. In general, Bo-trees are an integral part of Buddhist Viharas. However, most of the sacred trees that can be seen today are placed on an elevated platforms in a courtyard of the monastery’s premises.
How did Anuradhapura get its name?
In 377 BC, King Pandukabhaya (437–367 BC) made it his capital and developed it into a prosperous city. Anuradhapura (Anurapura) was named after the minister who first established the village and after a grandfather of Pandukabhaya who lived there. The city is also marked on Ptolemy’s world map.
Is the old Anuradhapura still there in Sri Lanka?
Anuradhapura, city, north-central Sri Lanka. It is situated along the Aruvi Aru River. The old section of Anuradhapura, now preserved as an archaeological park and designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982, is the best known of Sri Lanka’s ancient ruined cities.