A Buddhist monk sits in contemplation on Mihintale and facing Aradhana Gala which pilgrims and tourists climb to pray or look at the view,

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A Buddhist monk sits in contemplation on Mihintale and facing Aradhana Gala which pilgrims and tourists climb to pray or look at the view,
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Mihintale is a mountain peak near Anuradhapura in 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. It is now a pilgrimage site, and the site of several religious monuments and abandoned structures. Aradhana Gala rock faces Maha Seya Stupa on the summit of Mihintale. Even during very windy weather pilgrims do not fail to visit this rock, which has iron railings to help them to climb. In the ancient books such as the Mahavamsa it is written that Mahinda came to Sri Lanka by travelling through the air. He came down and landed on the top of the Aradhana Gala where he met King Devanampiyatissa for the first time.
Location: Mihintale, Sri Lanka.