Seruwila, also called Seruwawila, is one of the Buddhist sacred places in the east of the country that had been abandoned for centuries before they were recovered by Buddhist monks from other parts of the country in the 20th century to restore historical sites and also to demonstrate Buddhist supremacy also in parts of the country with Hindu or Muslim majorities.
There are three reasons why Seruwila is an extraordinarily sacred site for Buddhists.
1. Seruwila is mentioned in ancient and medieval chronicles as a place of an original Buddha relic. The Buddha himself is said to have prophesied that this place would keep his relics. It was Kavantissa, the king of the southern kingdom Rohana and father of Anuradhapura conquerer Dutthagamani, who built the first Dagoba in this principality called Seru. It
2. Local legend has it, that the Buddha himself visited Seruwila, though it is not mentioned in the Mahavansa chronicles. The list of Buddha visited places became longer in the course of time. During the Kandyan period there were already 16 places known as such “Solosmasthanas”.
3. Buddha is believed to have visited Seruwila in order to pay respect to relics of his three predecessors, named Kakusandha, Konagamana and Kassapa. So after his own relics were enshrined in Seruwila, too, this became a place with relics of all four Buddha of our cosmic cycle. There is only one other Theravada Buddhist place claiming to possess relics of all four Buddhas, namely the golden Shwedagon in Yangon, Myanmar. But even this world-famous monument does not claim, like Seruwila, to have been visited by the Buddha himself.
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