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Name of a monastery (vihāra) erected by Devānampiya Tissa (247–207 bce) in his capital Anurādhapura. According to legend, the spot was consecrated by the Buddha who sat there in meditation like former Buddhas had done. The stūpa (Pāli. thūpa), enshrining the Buddha's collar bone, was the first of its kind in Sri Lanka and the monastery, which was built later, took its name from it.

Subjects: Buddhism.

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