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Kiri Vehera
Largest monastery complex in Polonnaruwa extending from Rankot Vehera up to Gal ? vihara
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Kiri Vehera
Kiri Vehera
Having an extent of 35 hectares‚ this is the largest monastery complex in Polonnaruwa extending from Rankot Vehera up to Gal ? vihara. Established by King Parakramabahu the Great (1153-1186 A.D.)‚ the name suggests that the site had been a former cremation ground which has been confirmed by archaeological excavations carried out here in several places. It is believed that the small stupas here were built on the cremation site of prelates or of the Royalty. The monastery has a terraced layout. Kiri Vehera‚ Lankatilaka‚ Image House‚ Baddhasima Prasada and the small stupas (some of them are crematory stupas) are located on the two upper terraces while the monastic hospital‚ ponds and hundreds of resident Monk?s cells are located on the lower terraces.

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