Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ancient hospital, Mihinthale, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

A 'Beheth Oruwa' S - 'Medicine boat'. The patient was immersed in medicinal oils in this bath carved out of granite.

1. Heinz E Müller-Dietz (Historia Hospitalium 1975) describes Mihintale Hospital as being perhaps the oldest in the world.(Wikipedia).

2. Vedahala - the Hospital at the foot of the mountain at Mihintale

With the growth of the community of monks and the pious laymen, there arose the inevitable need of a hospital. The first hospital at Mihintale was founded by King Sena the second (853-887 AC) at Mihintale. The identification was based on a tenth century inscription found at the site.

Today, the ruins of a hospital with its layout restored can be seen at the entrance to the site of Mihintale. At the entrance to the hospital is the outer courtyard that consists of four rooms: consulting room; room for preparation and storage of medicine; room for hot water baths. At the end of the outer courtyard, to the north is the main building: the quadrangular courtyard having a small shrine in the center. The rooms are arranged on a two high platforms on all four sides of the Central Courtyard. The rooms face the shrine which is in the Courtyard. The area of each room is about 100 square feet. The rooms open onto an inner Verandha making all cells accessible.

Archeological excavations have unearthed clay wares and blue colored jars. These jars are another evidence of the cultural and trade connections with Iran and Sri Lanka at such an ancient time.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mihinthale, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, beginnings 2nd Century BC..

An old retaining wall.

Cap-stones for use over doorways

The Stupa on top of Mihinthale.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Mihinthale, beginnings 2nd Century BC, Sri Lanka.

A feather stuck on an empty barrel, Isurumuniya.

Steps at Mihinthale.

This place is renowned in Sri Lankan history as the place where the Rev Mihindu Thera, the step brother of King Asoka, met King Devanampiya Tissa and converted him to Buddhism. This place has been developed over the millenia and is a paradise for students of Sri Lankan history.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Isurumuniya, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

Isurumuniya as seen in the 1960s - Photo by Mr. Jayaratne, Puwakpitiya. See the famous stone carving of the 'Lovers' in its original site.  
Click on the web-links  below to hear the old and then a new version of the song ‘Isurumuniye’ :-


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Isurumuniya, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

Offerings to the 'Sacred Foot-print'.

Ariel view of the surrounding country side.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Sights at Isurumuniya, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

A stone stairway under an overhanging rock.

Holes made in a rock. Pieces of dry sticks were jammed into these holes and the sticks were made to soak up water. This action split the rock in a neat cleavage plane.

An 'Ehela' S - "Konral' T, tree in bloom.

A passageway between rocks.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Isurumuniya, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, beginnings 2nd Century BC.

The stories of this site goes back to the 2nd Century BC. A group of 'High caste' aspirants were ordained as Monks at this site during the time of Mahinda Thera.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sinhalese translation of 'Cry of the Devil bird' out for sale.

Sri Lankan price - Rs.550/-
Contact for copies
Postage inside Sri Lanka Rs 200/-
Crossed Cheques accepted.
Draw in favor of Dr. Philip G Veerasingam.
Address - 28, Mansuriya Lane, Honiton Place, Avissawella, Sri Lanka.

Price overseas US$ 20/- with packing and postage.
Cheques accepted.

A nice gift to give your loved ones. Describes the life of a doctor in various parts of Sri Lanka from 1965 to 2005.

Sights at Dambadeniya, circa 13th Century AD, Sri Lanka.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sights at Dambadeniya, Sri Lanka.

Wash basin chiselled out of granite.
Entrance to the covered stupa.
Pillars chiselled out of granite.
Painted figure of a 'Naga' guarding the entrance to the old repository of the tooth relic.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Old 'Dalada Maligawa', Dambadeniya, Sri Lanka, 13th Century AD.

Statue of the Second Parakramabahu (1234 AD).
The repository of the 'Sacred Tooth Relic' in 1234 Ad.
A stone stairway.