Things to do

GIRIHANDU SEYA TEMPLE

Location

Trincomalee

What you can do

The ruins of the most ancient Buddhist Dagaba in Sri Lanka. According to the legend, Buddha after the 50th day of gaining Enlightenment, accepted alms from two Indian traders, Tapassu and Bhalluka.  After partaking the meal, the two traders, requested the Buddha, to present them with some sort of a souvenir to remember the Blessed One. The Buddha very kindly offered the two traders a lock of hair from his head to them. Tapassu and Balluka, hid the Hair Relics in a place in the mountain Girikanda. When they came back, they could not get the bowl containing the relics as it was stuck to the rock. Later they decided with the locals to build a Stupa on it to cover the relics and it is the Girihadu-Seya.