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Kiri Vihara – White Stupa

Kiri Vihara is a dagoba in the medieval UNESCO-listed city of Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka. A dagoba is a mound which holds in the relics of a sacred person and it is believed that the Kiri Vihara was dedicated to Subhadra, the queen of King Parakramabahu (1153-1186).

Like other dagobas, Kiri Vihara is a domed structure, which would have been a stark white colour (in fact, its current name means “milk white shrine”).

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Polonnaruva – Sri Lanka – White Stupa – Kiri Vihara

The Stupa, Kiri  (white) Vihara (Dagoba) is credited to Subhadra,  Parakramabahu’s queen. Originally known as the Rupavati Chetiya, the present name translates as “Milk White” because when the overgrown jungle was cleared away after 700 years of abandonment, the original lime plaster was found to be in perfect condition. It is still the best preserved and unrestored dagoba in Polonnaruva.


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