Distance from Anuradhapura – 18.2 km (32 minutes)
Ambasthala Dagaba is a Buddhist temple which is situated in Mihintale. The hair relic between of the eyebrows, of Lord Buddha, known as “Urna Roma” is believed to be enshrined at this stupa. Ambasthala Dagaba is also sometimes known as “Sela Chethiya”. It is believed to be the exact place where Mahinda Thero met King Devanampiyatissa and preached Buddhist on Poson poya day. It is a small stupa which is surrounded by stone pillars. The stupa is said to have been built by King Mahadatika Mahanaga during his reign from 9 AC to 21 AC. A flight of rock-carved steps to the side of Ambasthala Dagaba leads to a large white Buddha statue.
Getting to Ambasthala Dagaba
From Anuradhapura travel along the Puttalam – Anuradhapura – Trincomalee Highway up to Mihintale to reach the Ambasthala Dagaba in Mihintale.