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Wesak Festival 1997

Stamp featuring the Ruwanvalisaya stupa, 611-37 B.C

The Ruwanwelisaya, also known as the Ruwanweli Maha Seya, Mahathupa (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 c. 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 1997
Category Buddhist Architect World Heritage Buddhist Symbol Buddhist Arts
Type Postage Stamps
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