Kesariya Stupa

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Lonely Planet review

Rising high out of the earth from where the dying Buddha donated his begging bowl, this stupa is an enthralling example how nature reclaimed a deserted monument. Excavated and half revealed from under a grassy and wooded veil, is what’s likely to be the world’s second-tallest (38m) Buddhist stupa dating from the Pala period. Above the 425m-circumference pedestal are five uniquely shaped terraces that form a gargantuan Buddhist tantric mandala. Each terrace has a number of niches containing mutilated Buddha statues whose heads were lopped off by Muslim invaders.