Great Stupa (Maha Seya)
The largest and brightly white large stupa is clearly visible to many areas of Anuradhapura. Restored recently this is annually painted white and subjected to an offering of lighting with electric bulbs. The stupa has a diameter of 136 feet and a height of 45 feet.
According to folklore and Buddhist literature enshrined inside an eight points (place) bent gem (Ashta Vanaka Manikya), the sacred White Hair Relic (Urna Roma Dhathuwa) of the Buddha was deposited in it. Therefore, Buddhists worship it as a highly venerable stupa, where a very important body part of the Buddha is enshrined. As this stupa is the largest among the stupas at Mihintale, it was named as Maha Seya or Great stupa.