Digavapi is the largest ancient stupa in Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province. It is mentioned in the Mahavamsa as one of the places visited by the Buddha during his third and last stay on the island and thereby the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the eastern plains of Sri Lanka. The stupa is said to have been built on the spot where he sat down in meditation. It was enlarged in the course of the centuries. The foundation of the Digavapi Chetiya is attributed to Saddhatissa (137-119 BC), the younger brother and successor of Dutthagamani, the national hero of the Sinhalese people. In 1986, a gold leaf inscription 14 was excavated, which has been dated to the end of the second century AD.
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Nuwan Chinthaka Gajanayaka