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 (ŭn′ə-rä′də-po͝or′ə, ə-no͝or′ə-)
A town of north-central Sri Lanka north-northeast of Colombo. The ancient capital of Sinhalese kings of Ceylon, it has extensive ruins and is a Buddhist pilgrimage center.
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(əˈnʊərədəˌpʊərə; ˌʌnʊˈrɑːdə-)
(Placename) a town in Sri Lanka: ancient capital of Ceylon; site of the sacred bo tree and place of pilgrimage for Buddhists. Pop: 53 151 (2001)
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(əˈnʊər ə dəˈpʊər ə, ˌʌn ʊˈrɑ də-)

a city in N central Sri Lanka: ruins of ancient Buddhist temples. 30,000.
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ISLAMABAD -- The Most Sacred Relics of Lord Buddha from Taxila Pakistan are currently being exhibited for general public in Thanthirimalaya Rajamaha Viharaya, Thanthirimalaya, Anuradhapura for two days on the occasion of Poson Full Moon Poya Day, says a press release received here today from Colombo, Sri Lanka.
He stressed that some 111,459 families in the districts of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Hambantota, Puttalam, Mannar, Vavuniya, Moneragala, and Ampara had been affected by the prolonged situation.
Another ancient civilisation, also said to contain the mythical capital of Ravana, in the Buddhist circuit is Anuradhapura. One of the most well- preserved ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, the site lies 205 km north of the present- day capital Columbo.
EXPLORE Anuradhapura, the most celebrated of Sri Lanka's ancient ruined cities, in an 11-day trip with World Expeditions, costing from PS1,190pp.
Enchanting Sri Lanka starts at $2,225 per person, double occupancy, and includes four-star accommodations in Anuradhapura, Habarana, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Yala and Galle.
Last year, a monk led a crowd to demolish a Muslim shrine in Anuradhapura, near Dambulla.