This has been built by a queen of king Parakramabahu (1153-1186) called “Subadra”. The original name of this has been “Rupavathi Stupa”. This too is a part of Ãlahana Privena and stands 80 feet in height today.
This is also the second biggest stupa in Polonnaruwa today. Also it is the only stupa to survive the 900 years of forces of nature and still is in the original condition.
Around Kiri Vehera there are many restored smaller stupas. These have been identified as burial chambers of high priests and royals. Many of these including Kiri Vehera stupa has been attacked by treasure hunters and their valuables looted.
The two identical stupas south to the Lankathilaka is thought to be
built upon remains of a king and a queen.
Photos before restoration from www.imagesofceylon.com
February 11, 2007