One of the sacred venues of the country and the most important ruin of Auradhapura is Abayagiri Vihara. The great brick structure of the nation is located in Anuradhpura and nearly 6.5km from the main town.
Chronicles state that king Vattagamini Abaya or well known as Walagamba, built this Vihara to full fill his vow against a Jani monk. The Vihara was named by adjoining the two rivals name “Abaya – King who built the Vihara” and “Giri – Jani monk”. The Vihara is very much important for Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism. According to Mahavamsa and many famous chronicles the Abayagiri Dagoba was built over the foot print of Lord Buddha. The 2nd tallest stupa of Anuradhapura named Abayagiri stupa, moonstone, twin pond, Lankarama complex; Samadhi Buddha statue, museum and many more ruins exist in the citadel of Abayagiri Vihara.
Tourists from all over and many scholars visit the Vihara to fulfil their knowledge thirsty.