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Brief History Of This Temple

The heritage of Nagapattinam is mentioned in the Burmese historical text of 3rd century B.C. which mentions a Buddha Vihara built by Emperor Ashoka. The Chinese traveller Xuanzang also mentioned the vihara. Nagapattinam is mentioned as Padarithitha in the ancient Buddhist literature. The Anaimangalam copperplate of Kulothunga Chola I mentions that Kasiba Thera renovated the shrine in 6th century AD with the help of monks of "Naganadu". The Pallava King Rajasimha permitted a Chinese king to build Buddha Vihara in Nagappattinam.

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