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Mahameuna (Mahamevnawa) Park in Anuradhapura 1

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2014-04-01


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Mahamevnawa (Mahamegha) is an ancient park in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

It was created by King Mutasiva (367 — 307 BC) whose name is in the history as the first king who structured a park. He who was the grand son of King Pandukabhaya and the father of King Devanampiya Tissa.[1]

King Pandukabhaya is the founder of the city of Anuradhapura. King Mutasiva, after succeeding his father, formed two royal gardens which was located to the south and outside the ancient capital city of Anuradhapura. The garden called Nandana (Jotivana) was situated immediately after the south gate and then was the Mahamegha.[2]

At the auspicious time the park was being started, there was an unusual fall of very heavy rain so the garden was named “maha (heavy) megha (shower).” According to Mahavamsa, the garden had been full of various kind of trees so with fruits and flowers.[3]

The park is well known for the Samadhi Statue as well as several other religious sites such as Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, Ruvanveli stupa, and Thuparama stupa, etc.

Anuradhapura — Mahamegha Gardens (Mahamevuna Uyana)

The Sacred City of Anuradhapura was begun c500 BCE. King Pandukhapura laid out gardens along the Malwatte Oya River and also a large garden of fruit and flowers - the Mahamegha Gardens (Great Raincloud Gardens, from maha — great; megha — rain cloud), in which the sacred Bo Tree still survives.

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It was a cutting from the tree under which the Lord Buddha reached the state of nirvana. The gardens around the Tisa Wewa tank survive and have large boulders which were used for summer houses. The Kuttam Poxuna were monk's bathing ponds.


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Notes

  1. Senaverathne, John M. (1998). "VI". The Story of the Sinhalese. Asian Educational Services. pp. 43–45. ISBN 81-206-1271-X.
  2. Parker, H. (1999). Ancient Ceylon (4th ed.). New Delhi: Asian Educational Services. p. 272. ISBN 81-206-0-208-0.
  3. Harischandra, Walisinha (1998). "1". The Sacred City of Anuradhapura - with Forty-Six Illustrations. New Delhi: Asian Educational Services. pp. 1–2. ISBN 81-206-0216-1.

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From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahamevn%C4%81wa_Park_in_Anuradhapura

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