Dighavapi is a Buddhist temple located east of Ampara town. The temple was blessed by Buddha himself during his third visit to Sri Lanka and is one of the 16 places in Sri Lanka that have been blessed with Buddha's presence. It is said to house the nail relics of Buddha, but it is not certain.
The circumference of the stupa is 1000ft and at one point it is said to be 185ft tall. The entire complex of Dighavapi has around 35 archaeological sites as well, which are worth visiting.
The temple is first thought to have been built around 100-200 BC, but has later on gone through many cycles of devastation and reconstruction. It still sometimes gets mired in religion based politics of the region, leading to loss of valuable information and artifacts.
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The stupa is around 18 kms from Ampara town, towards the east.