Isurumuniya

Isurumuniya is most famous for the rock carving of a couple of lovers which are housed in a separate building and the impressive rock cliff with its majestic views of the ancient Anuradhapura kingdom overlooking the lake and lower down on both sides of a rocky cleft, in a rock that appears to rise out of a pool, have been carved the figures of elephants and the figure of a horse.

Isurumuniya is situated near Tisawewa and was built by King Devanampiyatissa to house 500 newly-ordained children of high caste. King Kasyapa I (473-491 AD) renovated this viharaya and named it as “Boupulvan, Kasubgiri Radmaha Vehera”. This name is derived from names of his 2 daughters and his name. There is a viharaya connected to a cave and above is a cliff. A small stupa is built on it. It can be seen that the constructional work of this stupa belong to the present period

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