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Signage (donated by Maliban [Biscuit] Company and edited for clarity). The Lankārāma Stūpa is one of Eight Sacred Places known as ‘Atamasthāna’ built during the 1st Century BC (89-77 BCE) by King Walagambā the Great (also known as Wattagamini Abhaya; this place was also known by the names Silāsobbakantaka and Galhebakada according to historical sources. This was first known as Somarama Stūpa in remembrance of Queen Soma who saved the life of the King. Later this was known as Mani, Somarama and Lankārāma and, initially, this had a significant place among Vatadāgēs (structure built around stūpas for protection) and the dimensions are 50 feet in height and 150 feet in circumference. This has three rows of stone pillars which consist of 20 pillars in the first row, 28 eights pillars in the second row, and 40 pillars in the third row.