Yudaganawa

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Yudaganawa
Town
Yudaganawa Stupa
Yudaganawa Stupa
Yudaganawa is located in Sri Lanka
Yudaganawa
Yudaganawa
Location in Sri Lanka
Coordinates: 6°46′N 81°14′E / 6.767°N 81.233°E / 6.767; 81.233Coordinates: 6°46′N 81°14′E / 6.767°N 81.233°E / 6.767; 81.233
Country Sri Lanka
Province Uva Province
Time zone Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone (UTC+5:30)

Yudaganawa, is a town situated in Buttala Divisional Secretariat, Uva province, Sri Lanka. [1][2]

Yudaganawa Chaitya[edit]

The stupa at Yudaganawa Chaitya has a circumference of 317 m (1,040 ft) and was initially thought to be a Kota Vehera - a large stupa built half way with a smaller stupa built on top of that. Recent archeological excavations however have proved that this was a not a Kota Vehera but at one time was a complete stupa.

According to the historic chronicle, Rajaveliya, this is the location where Prince Saddatissa took refuge, when fleeing from a battle with his brother Dutugamunu over the throne of the kingdom. The Queen Mother, Viharamahadevi, saddened by the animosity between her two sons pleaded with them to make amends. As a result the two brothers made peace with each other and to mark this a colossal stupa was erected on the battlefield where they had fought. Some historians believe that it was the site of an already existing chaitya, which was then reconstructed and named Yudagana Chaitya.

Yudaganawa Wewa[edit]

Nearby to Yudagana Chaitya is the Yudaganawa Wewa. It is believed that the clay needed to make bricks for the chaitya was dug from here. According to the chronicles, the wewa had been built by King Mahanaga in 300 BC. In 1950 it was renovated by the Irrigation Department. It covers an area of 61 ha (150 acres) and provides irrigation to 102 ha (250 acres) of paddy field cultivation.

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