Rankoth ( Rankot) Vehera (Goldern Pinnacke) Stupa, is the 4th largest stup in the country after Ruwanveli Seya, Jetawanarama and Abhayagiriya in Anuradhapura. Built by King Nissanka Malla (1187-1196), it is 55 metres in height 185 metres in circumference. This is the largest Stupa in Polonnaruwa. Initial name of this has been “Ruwanmali dagaba” and this is a probably an attempt to build a similar Stupa to the Ruwanveli Seya of Anuradhapura. A rock inscription east to the Stupa describes how the King Nissanka Malla (1187-1196) supervised to the work of this temple sitting at that place.
February 11, 2007