Mayura Pirivena

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Mayura Pirivena in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Closer view of Mayura Pirivena in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Mayura Pirivena in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka as seen in 1970, before excavation

Mayura Pirivena (Mayura in Sinhala: peacock) is an ancient monastery situated to the south-west of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, in Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka.[1]

One of the ancient chronicles of Sri Lanka, the Mahavamsa, states that this monastery was built by King Buddhadasa, who ruled the island from 340 - 368 AD. King Dhatusena (455 - 477 AD) and King Mahanaga (573 - 575 AD) renovated the building.

The Indian monk Buddhaghosha Thero resided here during his stay in Sri Lanka.[1]

The ruins of the structure still remain are few stone columns with capitals, the entrance of the building built above a few steps and a moonstone below these steps. In the middle of the moonstone, a half of the lotus flower can be seen.

Excavation in the location was carried out in 2011 and the site was preserved in 2012.

According a report issued by Mr. H. C. P. Bell, the Archeological Commissioner of then Ceylon, this site was first excavated in 1894 and fallen pillars ware lifted up. The report further states the length of the structure as 66 feet (20 m) and the width as 45.5 feet (13.9 m).[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dhammika, Ven. S. "Sacred Island - Sacred Places". Buddha Damma Education Association. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Harischandra, Walisinha (1998). The Sacred City of Anuradhapura, with Forty-Six Illustrations. New Delhi: Asian Educational Services. p. 117. ISBN 81-296-0216-1 Check |isbn= value (help).