Aluthepola Ganekanda Purana Viharaya

Aluthepola Ganekanda Raja Maha Viharaya
Aluthepola Ganekanda Purana Viharaya, also known as Aluthepola Pansala (Sinhala: අළුතෑපොල ගණේකන්ද පුරාණ විහාරය), is a Buddhist temple situated in Aluthepola village in Gampaha District, Sri Lanka.

The temple is thought to have come into existence during the latter part of the 18th century (Piyarathana, 2013). An old manuscript preserved in the temple gives an account of the lands given to the temple by a Dutch officer in 1796. However, the existence of a drip-ledged cave in the temple premises indicates that this temple has its roots extending to a very early period, probably to the Anuradhapura Period.

A protected site
The old survey tower located in the temple premises of Ganekanda Vihara in Aluthepola village in the Divisional Secretariat Division of Divulapitiya is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government Gazette notification published on 22 November 2002.

The old survey towerThe image house
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 14 January 2023
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