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The Ruwanwelisaya Stupa
Stamp featuring The Ruwanwelisaya - 10th Anniversary of World Tourism Organisation
The Ruwanwelisaya, also known as the Mahāthupa (the Great Thupa) is a stupa (a hemispherical structure containing relics) in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. Two quarts or one Drona of the Buddha's relics are enshrined in the stupa, making it the largest collection of his relics anywhere. It was built by Sinhalese King Dutugemunu in 140 B.C., who became king of Sri Lanka after a war in which the Chola King Elāra (Ellalan) was defeated. It is also known as Swarnamali Seya, Suvarnamali Mahaceti (in Pali) and Rathnamali Seya.
Issued Country Sri Lanka
Issued Year 1985
Category Buddhist Architect Buddhist Symbol Events Buddhist Arts
Type Postage Stamps
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