The Temple of War #5
The main stupa of the Nagadeepa Viharaya, close to Mahiyanganaya, in eastern Sri Lanka, is believed to date to the 2nd century BC, when it was built by King Dutugemunu of Anuradhapura in fulfilment of his plea for victory over the Chola King Elara. The temple grounds also hold a smaller, more recent shrine built by former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse in 2009, supposedly in gratitude for his victory over the Tamil Tigers. Shot on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka magazine. My road trip piece, The Temple of War, appeared in the April 2016 issue.