Remains of the islands’ Buddhist ancestry are found scattered around the Maldives. The Vasho-Veu, an ancient circular bath with stone-steps skilfully built out of porites coral stone, sits still, now veiled by the moss of time in an old mosque compound. Ruins of a Buddhist stupa known as the Fuvahmulaku Havitta are still found at the northeast of Fuvahmulah, in the location of what was probably an ancient monastery. A stupa is a Sanskrit word meaning "heap". It is usually a hemispherical structure - a dome shaped silent abode for meditation. The Fuvahmulah Rashoveshi in its verses refers to the ancient Havitta and relics found inside in past explorations.
The havitta was looked upon, a portion of it dug open,
two or three containers made of stone were found,
inside them were golden tins, haikals, and lamps,
smaller artefacts of gold, bronze and copper.
Witnessed by the eyes of the people, big and small from each ward,
Chants of praise sung in rhapsody, for the leader of this esteemed endeavour,
who would duly transfer to Male’ the capital
the relics of Fuvahmulah found inside the ancient Havitta mound.
These verses, adapted from its original Dhivehi text, reflect on the circumstances relating to the sites and artefacts of our ancient heritage. The sites have been covered with sand after the Maldive islands converted to Islam and the temple structures in the adjoining grounds converted to mosques. The elegant coral stone mosque, Gen Miskiy, with its neatly structured water well and surrounding graveyard, is said to be one of the oldest mosques in Fuvahmulah, adapted as such after the conversion to Islam. As cited in the Rashoveshi, the mosque yard and adjacent shores were used by the islanders as holy sites for making alms and bestowments to ancestors. Prayers were recited and incense sticks burnt to lull the atmosphere while the people shared a feast of local delicacies and made acquaintances, strengthening bonds with each other and their surroundings. The tradition of alms giving and incense-burning recitals were stopped since the early nineteen eighties, but the annual feasts continue by the thoondu beach just across the compounds of the mosque, the former temple site.