Sunday, April 1, 2018

Aluthepola Ganekanda Raja Maha Viharaya

Aluthepola Ganekanda Raja Maha Viharaya, Sri Lanka
Aluthepola Ganekanda Raja Maha Viharaya (also known as Aluthepola Pansala) is a Buddhist temple situated in Gampaha District, Sri Lanka.

The temple is thought to have come into existence during the 18th century (Piyarathana, 2013). An old manuscript found in the temple gives an account about the lands given to the temple by a Dutch officer in 1796.

However, the existence of a drip-ledged cave suggest that this temple has its roots extending to a very early period, probably to Anuradhapura era (377 B.C.-1017 A.D.). 

A protected site
The old survey tower in the temple premises is a protected archaeological monument, declared by a Gazette notification published on 22 November 2002.
The image house of Aluthepola temple
1) Piyarathana, L., 2013. A bibliographical survey of the palm leaf manuscripts in Ridiviharaya in Kurunegala District & Aluthepola Ganekanda temple, Gampaha District.
2) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, no: 1264, 22 November 2002.

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This page was last updated on 6 July 2019


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