Jeetavanarama was built by King Mahasen (276-303 AC). King Mahasen was a follower of Mahayana Buddhism. Jetavanarama is distinctive because of its large stupa. The premises where the Jetavanarama is located earlier belonged to the Nandana Park. It is the place where Thera Mahinda preached the Dhamma for seven consecutive days. Complete with all the buildings needed for a monastery, buildings here, in addition to those built by King Mahasen, had been constructed by Kitisirimevan (303-331 AC) and kings who succeeded him.