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Monday, April 22, 2013 - 6.05 GMT
Explore the ancient temples of Sri Lanka


The Ruwanveliseya Dagoba for instance, built by King Dutugemunu in the 2nd century BC, is not just one of the oldest stupas on Earth but a gleaming beacon, kept spotlessly white by teams of painters hanging precariously from its dome , states of Australia in a report published yesterday (21).

Ruwanveliseya and another stupa, Jethavana, built in the 3rd century AD and once the tallest dagoba on Earth, were considered wonders of the world in their time, the writer Daniel Scott said.

“Flowering from the seed of Buddhism, newly arrived from India and built around a cutting from the sacred bo tree, Sri Maha Bodhi, Anuradhapura became one of the most sophisticated cities in the world. It is with this bo tree, the oldest recorded tree on the planet, and its surrounding temple, that I begin my exploration the next morning,” he explains.

It is a holy day and as we approach the temple we are hit by a wave of colour and sound. Pilgrims from all over Sri Lanka are here with offerings of flowers, food and incense, he adds.

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