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Mountain peak pilgrimage site / Mihintale

Is a mountain peak near Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. It is believed by Sri Lankans to be the site of a meeting between the Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa which inaugurated the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. So It regarded as the birth place of Buddhism in Sri Lanka for it was here that Buddhism was first introduced into the country. It is now a pilgrimage site, and the site of several religious monuments and abandoned structures.

The town of Mihintale is located eight miles east of Anuradhapura, close to the Anuradhapura-Trincomalee Road. In 247 BC that an Indian Buddhist missionary called Mahinda arrived in Mihintale. The ruler, King Devampiyatissa, met up with Mahinda. That encounter led to the king's conversion to Buddhism.