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The Lankaramaya Stupa is one of the Eight Sacred places known as “Atamasthana”. The stupa was built during the 1st century B.C. by King Walagamba (89 B.C. – 77 B.C.). It is located in Anuradhapura District of North Central Province, Sri Lanka.
According to chronicales, this place was also known by names Silasobbakandaka and Galhebakada. Initially, this stupa was known as Somarama Stupa in commemoration of Queen Soma who saved the life of the king.
There are three rows of stone pillars can be seen around the stupa and it is evidence that there had been a house built encircling the stupa (called “Vatadage” in Sinhala) to protect it.