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Story Of Isurumuniya Lovers

A forbidden tale of love which cost the Prince his kingdom.

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Where is it?

Known to be one of the top places to visit in Anuradhapura, Isurumuniya is a Buddhist temple located near the Tissa tank and hotels such as Ulagalla.
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Known to be one of the top places to visit in Anuradhapura, Isurumuniya is a Buddhist temple located near the Tissa tank and hotels such as Ulagalla.

Who are the Isurumuniya lovers?

The carving of the lovers found on the rock was believed to be that of King Dutugamunu’s son and the low caste maiden that he loved. The carving is known to originate from the 6th century.
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The carving of the lovers found on the rock was believed to be that of King Dutugamunu’s son and the low caste maiden that he loved. The carving is known to originate from the 6th century.

What’s their story?

It is believed that Prince Saliya fell in love with a lowly beautiful maiden; Asokamala. The prince obviously refused to marry anyone besides her, so the furious King banished the couple from the kingdom.
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It is believed that Prince Saliya fell in love with a lowly beautiful maiden; Asokamala. The prince obviously refused to marry anyone besides her, so the furious King banished the couple from the kingdom.

Carvings

There are many carvings on the rock wall, including that of the Isurumuniya lovers. In addition, there are also carvings of elephants and horses.
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There are many carvings on the rock wall, including that of the Isurumuniya lovers. In addition, there are also carvings of elephants and horses.

The temple

The temple was built on a rock by King Devaampiyatissa as a monastery for 500 ordained children. The stupa at the temple was built recently and the temple is connected to a cave.
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The temple was built on a rock by King Devaampiyatissa as a monastery for 500 ordained children. The stupa at the temple was built recently and the temple is connected to a cave.

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