Yatala Vehera – A place of serenity

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Yatala Vehera is one of the most historically significant sites in Sri Lanka that is still being maintained as a divine place of worship.

Yatala Wehera | Image Credit - Krankman, CC BY 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons
Yatala Wehera | Image Credit – Krankman, CC BY 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Overview

Surrounded by lotus ponds and remains of ancient structures, the Yatala Vehera is a Buddhist stupa that is believed to be built over 2300 years ago. The stupa is located near the town of Tissamaharama in the down south region of Sri Lanka.

The Legends

Legend has it that this stupa was built by king Mahanaga in Gratitude for the birth of his son and successfully evading an assassination attempt.

Construction

The magnanimous structure has been built on a stage that has been made from flat granite stones and it is surrounded by a wall of sculpted elephant meads. There is also a large and intricately carved moonstone at the bottom of the structure.

Restoration

Partially destroyed by time and whether a massive restoration programme commenced bringing back the monument to its original state during 1883 and it took nearly a century to complete the restoration. Today with many Tissamaharama hotel properties the likes of Kithala Resorts located close by, it is one of the destinations that should not be missed during your visit to the down south region of Sri Lanka.

Damon Starky is a creative nomadic travel writer, who is well informed and experienced on a wide range of interests that would connect to the needs of any type of traveler.

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