1 June 2012

The Mahaweli Maha Seya in Kotmale, Kandy, Sri Lanka

The Mahaweli Maha Seya (also termed dagaba, pagoda or stupa) is built on a hillock high above the Kotmale dam. The hollow stupa is the second tallest to be built in Sri Lanka. The seya is located a short distance (less than two kilometres) away from your Kandy holiday location at Mas Villa, Kotmale, Kandy Sri Lanka.

A visit to the Mahaweli Maha Seya is a great start to your cultural holiday and scenic holiday in the hills at Mas Villa, in Kotmale Kandy Sri Lanka.

The construction of the Mahaweli Maha Seya was begun by the late Hon. Gamini Dissanayake as a tribute to the lands that had to be abandoned and the many sacrifices made by the people of the Kotmale valley with the building of the Kotmale dam. More than fifty temples, some of historical importance, were lost to the Kotmale reservoir construction.

The construction of the Mahaweli Maha Seya commenced on 20th March 1983 using the latest available technologies and techniques of construction. The Mahaweli Maha Seya was to stand as a modern monument to the long standing cultural heritage of the country and the religious icons lost to the development activities of modern Sri Lanka. The construction of the Kotmale Maha Seya was undertaken by the Sri Lankan government. The seya was designed to rise to a height of 274 feet and have a diameter of 200 feet.

The Mahaweli Maha Seya, upon its completion, is expected to be the first mega stupa of the Kandyan kingdom, Kandy, Sri Lanka. The structure of Mahaweli Maha Seya was designed by the former chairman of the Mahaweli Cultural Foundation Trust, late Vidya-Jyothi Dr. A.N.S. Kulasinghe; an eminent engineer of international repute.

Visit this remarkable Buddhist stupa during your stay at Mas Villa in Kotmale, Kandy Sri Lanka. Walk inside the hollow dome of the concrete stupa and enjoy great views of the surrounding hill country of Kotmale, Kandy Sri Lanka.

During your cultural tour of Kandy and Kotmale Sri Lanka, take time to visit this second tallest Buddhist stupa close to the Kotmale dam in the famous Valley of the Kings in Kotmale Kandy.

(Information courtesy EzineArticles.com / www.mahaweli.gov.lk)