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 Post Posted: Wed May 04, 2005 2:34 am 
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Mihintale Chaitya cracks

DM / 04MAY2005
By Manula Wickrema and Rohana Chandradasa


Mihintale Chaitya has cracked from its pinnacle down to the moldings at the bottom. on the Western side and on the direct opposite side. Mihintale Chaitya had been renovated about 25 years ago for the last time by the Department of Archaeology..

Assistant Commissioner of Archaeology, Mahinda Weerakkody, said that he had informed the Head Office in Colombo to carry out an inspection whether the cracks that appeared several months ago had penetrated deep.

According to the Mahawansa, Mihintale Chaithya was constructed by King Mahadatika Mahanaga, ( 7 -19 AD) depositing relics of the Buddha.

Assistant Commissioner attributed the cracks to the absorption and emitting of heat but it should be confirmed by extensiveh research.


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