Aug 19th, 2009 - Today I explored the ancient city of Anuradhapura. It became the capital of Sri Lanka in 380 BC under the rule of King Pandukabhaya but reached its height under Devanampyia Tissa (247-207 BC). It was to serve as the capital of Sri Lanka for over 1000 years. I began at the Ruvanvelisaya Dagoba. What the hell is a dagoba? A dagoba is a dome-shaped memorial alleged to contain relics of Buddha or a Buddhist saint; also referred to as a stupa or chaitya. This one was built by Devanampyia and was his crowning achievement. It is an impressive sight and extremely sacred to Buddhist followers. People come to make offerings, pray, meditate, and the like. In fact most of the people there were pilgrims and worshipers, not tourists per se.
|Sacred Bodhi Tree|
The conclusion of my day was undoubtedly the highlight although the circumstances were a bit strange. On my way into Anuradhapura I managed to lose the key to my motorcycle. It actually fell out of the ignition while I was driving. Fortunately, I had extras made (at the tall goofy white guy rate if one recalls).