Thūpārāma monastery, (in) Anuradhapura, North Central Province, SL

Raw data

Thuparama in Anuradhapura. (MA.ii.1021).
Input by: tmciolek, Mar 2 2009

Rajakarama - A monastery in Savatthi, near Jetavana [in India], built by Pasenadi (J.ii.15). It was to the south east of the city, corresponding to Thuparama in Anuradhapura. (MA.ii.1021).
Input by: tmciolek, Feb 26 2009

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 21 Jul 2014

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Thuparama monastery, Sri Lanka.

General location of the Thuparama monastery, Sri Lanka.
lat=8.3553 long=80.3964
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20SL)&ll=8.3553,80.3964&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Sri Lanka:North Central Province

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 8.3553 Long 80.3964 - based on the visual identification of the site in satellite imagery - tmciolek, 8 Sep 2012.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Theravada

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • Thuparama dagoba, 20m in height and 60ft in diameter, one of the smallest of ancient stupas was built by King Devanampiya Tissa in the third century BC. The stupa is believed to enshrine the collar bone relic of Buddha. -

MBM chrono-tag <=0200 - tmciolek 21 Jul 2014
<=0200 0200-32c 0233-66c 0267-99c 0300-32c 0333-66c 0367-99c 0400-32c 0433-66c 0467-99c 0500-32c 0533-66c 0567-99c 0600-32c 0633-66c 0667-99c 0700-32c 0733-66c 0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1033-66p 1067-99p 1100-32p dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

13. Date-late

  • [Either abandoned earlier or] deserted soon after 1070 A.D. when the capital (together with its civilian population and monks) has shifted from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruva for strategic reasons - Kulatunga (1999:3-4)

MBM chrono-tag 1067-99p - tmciolek 21 Jul 2014

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • King Jettatissa [r. 266-275 AD - tmc] transfers an image of the Buddha from Thuparama to Pabbata monastery (Edirisinghe 2010)

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • [missing data]

16. Additional notes

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)….

17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

  • [missing data]

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