Written by Lahiru Fernando
21 Jun, 2016 | 6:30 am
The Kotmale Mahaweli Maha Seya was bestowed to the Buddha Sasana by President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday, June 20, 33 years after construction commenced.
The stupa was conceptualised by the late Gamini Dissanayake to commemorate the sacrifices of people who had to give up their lands and villages for the Mahaweli project.
Architectured by Vidyajothi Dr. A.N.S. Kulasinghe and located on the shore of the Kotmale reservoir, the xtupa is 289 feet tall. Second in height only to the iconic Ruwanweli Seya in Anuradhapura.
Min. Navin Dissanayake, President – Mahaweli Cultural Foundation Trust, speaking on the subject, said:
“I was a little boy holding onto his hand when work on this stupa commenced. Mr. President, Venerable Maha Sangha, I never imagined that I would have to give leadership and great strength to make this a reality.”
Minister Navin Dissanayake also stated that according to his belief, this is the only Tampita Stupa in the world.
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