King Dutta Gamini celebrated the seventh day after his victory with a water festival at the tissa tank .Nearby on the shore he planted his spear (the king’s spear, generally containing a Relic of the Budha, was the royal standard in battle)and laid his clothes. Here he built his first Dagaba, enshrining in it his spear with its Relic-in expiation, as he himself explained ,of his impiety in having once eaten a relish (miris)”without a thought of the Brotherhood”, The Vahalkadas(frontispieces)are particularly striking.


You must be logged in to post a comment.