Saturday, 24 March 2018

Uththara Jayamaha Viharaya

The Stupa of Uththara Jayamaha Viharaya, Ampara, Sri Lanka
Uththara Jayamaha Viharaya is a Buddhist temple in Ampara District Sri Lanka. The temple is situated in Hingurana town approximately 500 meters away from the Hingurana Sugar Factory.

The history of Uththara Jayamaha Viharaya runs back to the early Anuradhapura period (Anuradhapura period - 377 B.C. to 1017 A.D.). Several ancient structures and monuments belonging to that period are found at the site.

An early-Brahmi inscription belonging to the 2nd century B.C. has been recorded from the site. It was copied by the Archaeological Department on 6 March 1971 (Dias, 1991).
The cave inscription of Hingurana (left)

Period : 2nd century B.C.
Script : Early Brahmi
Language : Old Sinhalese
Transcript :"Mahamata-Utara-jhita-Racitaya lene"
Translation : "The cave of Racita, the daughter 
of  the great minister Uttara"
Notes : If  the  stroke  after  the  word  jhita  is
considered a  punctuation  mark, the  name of
the cave donor should be Cita (Citra).
Citation : Dias, 1991
A protected site
Caves with drip ledges and inscriptions belonging to the premises of Uththara Jayamaha Vihara situated in Hingurana village in Grama Niladhari Division No. W/27/F, Karalewa in the Divisional Secretary’s Division, Damana are archaeological protected monuments, declared by a government gazette notification, published on 26 December 2014.

Ancient Korawak Gala An inscription
1) Dias, M., 1991. Epigraphical notes (Nos 1 -18). Colombo: Department of Archaeology. p. 4.
2) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, No: 1895, 26 December 2014, p.1148.

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