Legend says that the sword that prince Siddhattha cut his hair off at the time of his renunciation is deposited in this stupa. According to the Dhatuvamsa the Buddha stopped here briefly during his third visit to Sri Lanka before going to Tissamaharama. Already a sapling from the Bodhi Tree at Anuradhapura had been planted at Kataragama. In all the ancient sources Kirivehera is called Magulmahasaya and it is not sure how when or why the name, which means ‘the milk stupa’ came into use. The stupa was renovated in 1912 and sits on a platform 130 feet square and 10 feet high.

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Kirivehera is 22 km from Tissamaharama and is easily reached from there by a good road.