The Mahiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya occupies a very important place in the history of Buddhism in the island, as it is the location of the Buddha’s first visit to Sri Lanka nine months after attaining enlightenment (6th B.C.). This significant event occurred on a Duruthu Full Moon Poya day in January. The Mahiyagana Vihara is also one of the 16 Solomasthana (the sacred places in Sri Lanka). Mahiyangana sacred area is a highly venerated place. It is situated closed by the river Mahaveli and endowed with a beautiful stupa in which Lord Buddha’s hair which was given to Lord Saman are treasured. There is a separate shrine for Lord Saman. The religious procession annually held with the participation of local aborigines (Veddah Community) is very popular.