Discover Mihintale Sri Lanka

Mihintale is the cradle of Sri Lankan Buddhism. To climb the Mahinda mountain, a stone staircase made of 1,840 steps has been built. These steps lead to the summit in three phases. On the first plateau, the Kantaka Cetiya stands out by the simplicity of its structure, while on the second plateau, vestiges of monastery buildings have survived. Then comes the third plateau, the object of special veneration, for according to the legend it is here that the Buddha meditated. At this height (985 ft), the panorama of the region is stunning.

  • Mihintale , Minintale mountain, Sri Lanka , Sri Lanka
    Minintale mountain, Sri Lanka

    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

    Joerg Hackemann / 123RF
  • Mihintale , Sri Lanka
    Mihintale

    Mihintale is a mountain believed to be the birthplace of the Buddhist religion.

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  • Mihintale , Buddha , Sri Lanka
    Buddha

    A Buddha awaits visitors and pilgrims at the top. He is seated in the vitarka position, also known as the teaching position.

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  • Mihintale , Detailing on the head of the Buddha , Sri Lanka
    Detailing on the head of the Buddha

    Buddha means awake, or in other words, one who is waiting for nirvana.

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  • Mihintale , The stupa of Mihintale , Sri Lanka
    The stupa of Mihintale

    This is the where the oldest stupa on the island is to be found. It commemorates the meeting of the Devanampiya Tissa and the emissaries of Ashoka.

    Valery Shanin / 123RF
  • Mihintale , Mihintale, in the past , Sri Lanka
    Mihintale, in the past

    Mihintale was already considered to be one of the emblematic places of Buddhism in the 4th century, when it was home to more than 2,000 monks.

    Joerg Hackemann / 123RF
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