Nagadipa Purana Vihara, Jaffna

#3 of 13 in Historic Sites in Jaffna
Religious Site · Tourist Spot
Nagadeepa Purana Vihara (Sinhala: නාගදීප පුරාණ විහාරය, Tamil: நயினாதீவு நாக விகாரை) is an ancient Buddhist temple situated in Jaffna district of Northern Province, Sri Lanka. It is among the country's sixteen holiest Buddhist shrines (Solosmasthana). According to contemporary history, the Gautama Buddha visited the site after five years of attaining Enlightenment to settle the dispute between two warring Naga kings, Chulodara and Mahodara.

Ancient history according to the Mahavamsa chronicles and the Tamil Buddhist epic Manimekalai mentions a gem-studded throne and a stone with the Buddha’s footprint at the island Nainativu, (also known as Nagadeepa) which pilgrims from India visited.
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  • Overbuilt temple. Does not have the feeling of buddhist practitioners living there. Political temple.  more »
  • A must visit if you go to Jaffna Considered a most sacred place to visit of persons with any religion Do not visit on public holidays Just too crowded Unless you are happy to hire a private boat.....  more »
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