|This is a new driveway, by-passing the famous stairway taking one to the caves and stairway leading to the 'Ambasthala Chaithya'|
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
BY MANOJ DISSANAYAKE ON MAY 30, 2013UNDER UNCATEGORIZED
it’s about 16 k.m out of anuradapura lies mihintale remembered in national consciousness as the cradle of the sinhala buddhist civilisation, it is here that thera mahinda , son of the mauryan emperor asoka, met king tissa in the third century BC, as a result of which the king embraced buddhism…, in fact the name mihintale, which mean’s the ” plateau of mahinda” is derived from thera’s name..the mountain was also known as chetiya pabbata( the mountain of stupas).
on the western slope of the mountain is the main flight of steps that would take you to ambastala plain , it is a wide flight of steps.. perhaps the widest in sri lanka, and is concidered symbolic of the spiritual ascent of man. it has 1840 stone steps arranged in three flights, shaded by temple trees on either side…..
all so, there are some of the important monuments…..
kantaka chetiya / ambastala stupa / maha thupa / mahinda seya / mihindu guha / aradana gala…………http://tour-lanka.com/blog/?p=50