Thanthirimale is an old village which lies in thick jungle in the Anuradhapura District. It is known for the ancient Buddhist temple Thanthirimale Raja Maha Vihara, situated in a nearby rock covered and built in the tird century BC.
There are five ancient Buddha statues, four of which are incomplete on the temple premises. The largest of these is the sleeping Buddha (photograph above) which has been carved out of the rock.
The remains of an ancient library have been found on the premises. A number of rock huts and caves, which have most probably been used for meditation by monks for centuries, have also been discovered on the site.
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