This Mahamewna Park is a pleasure garden which was created by King Mutasiva in the early 3rd century. The name is immersed in legend for there was a heavy downpour of rain during the auspicious time of construction of the park which culminated in it being given the name of ‘heavy shower’ in Sinhalese it means, ‘Maha – heavy’ ‘megha – shower’. The people at the time saw it as a sign of great things to come.
This garden has many historical structures which are of great importance – Sri Jaya Maha Bodhi – the Sacred Bodhi Tree, the Samadhi Buddha Statue, the Ruwanseliya Dagoba and the Thuparama Temple. These are monuments with extensive significance in relevance to its deep history and they are remarkable and the number of remains of many buildings dotted all over inside the Mahamewna park are antiques of a pleasure garden that would have been a magnificent illustration of garden architecture in ancient times.
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