The ancient stairway to the hill sanctuary of Mihintale is an attraction in itself. Some of the steps are carved out of the rock, whereas most stairs are huge hewn granite slabs. The stairway has been restored using the original slabs. Such stairway served as a part of meditation paths, symbolizing a spiritual ascent. The four flights of the major stairway leading to the Middle Terrace are made up of of about 2000 granite slabs. The photo shows the second stairway leading to the Ambasthale Terrace. Both stairways are picturesquely shadowed by frangipani trees, which are called "Araliya" in the Sinhalese language. Araliya flowers are common devotional offerings in front of stupas and Buddha images in particular. The total number of steps till the top of the Mihintale Hills is more than 1000.
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