Mihintale Ancient City  
මිහින්තලේ විහාරය  
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 Description:   Mihintale is a mountain peak near Anuradhapura. It is believed by Sri Lankans to be the site of a meeting between the Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa which inaugurated the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.
Approximately 12.5 km east of Anuradhapura is situated the "Missaka Pabbata" which is 300 m in height and is one of the peaks of a mountainous range.
According to Dipavamsa and Mahavamsa, Thera Mahinda came to Sri Lanka from India on the full moon day of the month of Poson (June) and met King Devanampiyatissa and preached the Buddhist doctrine. The traditional spot where this meeting took place is revered by the Buddhists of Sri Lanka. Therefore, in the month of Poson, Buddhists make their pilgrimage to Anuradhapura and Mihintale.
From ancient times, large steps were constructed to climb Mihintale. It is stated that King Devanampiyatissa constructed a vihara and 68 caves for the bhikkhus to reside in. At Mihintale there gradually grew a number of Buddhist monasteries or viharas with all the dependent buildings characteristic of the monasteries of that period.
 Province   North Central  Direction:      
 District   Mihintale    
 City   Mihintale  Comments:    Official Web:    
 Genre   Temple      Related links:      
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 Entry fee   N/A     GPS :   8.35275, 80.51494  
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