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Mihintale Photo Gallery

Mihintale Peak, first buddhist settlement in Sri Lanka - A travel photography by Lorenz Berna

Mihintale Photo Gallery

Mihintale, the cradle of Buddhism.

The cultural identity of Sri Lanka is deeply rooted in its Buddhism history.  And according to the beliefs, it all seems to have started here, in Mihintale, when the first buddhist teaching was ever given in the island.

Located at some fifteen kilometers east from the temple area of Anuradhapura in the central mountains of the country, it is on Mihintale peak that Buddhism was settled for the very first time. There, arriving from India, Monk Mahinda -son of Ashoka, the buddhist Emperor of India- met the king of the Island and held his first speech on the Dhamma, the original teaching of the Buddha.
Following that, the first buddhist pagoda was built, here in Mihintale.

Therefore, today it is still a very holy place for all buddhist pilgrims as well as for the “cultural” travellers.

In addition to its its strong cultural meaning, the beauty of this location, overlooking a wide valley lost in Nature, is a unmissable visit for the Travel Photographer.
To get the best of the place, arrive there at dawn and climb up the roc overlooking the monastery and the whole surrounding valley. Take a torch with you and get to the top of the peak while it still dark and be ready when the first rays of the sun touches the gigantic Stupa from a side, the majestic Buddha from the other side and get the whole valley behind in magical backlights. Beware of the sneaky monkeys that might come to see what you’re doing, nothing more. Then, go down and explore the place, meeting young monks at work and more sneaky monkeys on your way. Do not miss the beautiful banyan trees spread all over the area.
And do not forget to breath and enjoy the peace of the place…

[  Photos by Lorenz Berna, Text by Florence Lepavec  ]
Mihintale wide Pagoda, Sri Lanka.
Mihintale wide Maha Stupa.
Sunrise on Mihintale surrounding valley - A Sri Lanka travel photography by Lorenz Berna
Sunrise on Mihintale surrounding valley.
Group of monks on their morning duty, sweeping their monastery in Mihintale, Sri Lanka
Group of monks on their morning duty, sweeping their monastery in Mihintale.
Young monk at work, in Mihintale monastery, Sri Lanka
Young monk at work.
Inside Mihintale monastery complex, Sri Lanka
Inside Mihintale monastery complex.
Local man from Anuradhapura, on a visit to Mihintale Pagoda, Sri Lanka.
Local man from Anuradhapura, on a visit to the Pagoda.
Traveller walking her way up to the top of Mihintale Roc, overlooking the whole monastery and valley, Sri Lanka
Traveller walking her way up to the top of Mihintale Roc, overlooking the whole monastery and valley.
Sunrise over Mihintale, Sri Lanka.
Sunrise over Mihintale.
Ancient Banyan Tree, Sri Lanka.
Ancient Banyan Tree.
Mihintale Peak, first buddhist settlement in Sri Lanka - A travel photography by Lorenz Berna
Mihintale Peak, where Buddhism has been been settled for the very first time in Sri Lanka.

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