Menik Vehera is an ancient monastery located in Polonnaruwa District of North Central Province, Sri Lanka. The history of this place is not known. However, according to the architectural features, it is assumed to belong to the 8-9 centuries A.D. This monastery consists of a Stupa, image houses, a Bodhi – tree shrine, refectory, monk’s dispensary and cells. The stupa here is of a rare type, which is built on a high terrace surrounded by a high wall. There is a carved stone door-frame at the entrance to the Stupa.
This monastery is unnoticed by many of the visitors who visit the Polonnaruwa archaeological site. It is located closer to the Northern Gate. You can identify the Northern Gate (see the image below) by the ruins of small chambers considered to be the guard rooms located either side of the road.
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