Monday, April 9, 2018

Kanabisopokuna Raja Maha Viharaya

Kanabisopokuna Raja Maha Viharaya (also known as Kanabisawaramaya Purana Raja Maha Viharaya) is a Buddhist temple located in the village of Handapanagala in Monaragala District Sri Lanka.

It is believed that this temple was erected during the reign of King Dutugemunu (161-137 BC). According to a folklore this temple was constructed by King Dutugamunu's half sister named Kanabisawa. In Sinhalese language, the word Kana means blind and bisawa means queen.

The temple consists of a Stupa mound, stone columns of three ruined buildings and two caves near the southern embankment of Handapanagala reservoir.

The old Stupa and the drip-ledged cave of Kanabiso Pokuna Raja Maha Viharaya are protected archaeological monuments, declared by a Gazette notification published on 22 November 2002.
1) Final Report of Uma-Oya Multipurpose Development Project. November 2010. pp. 185-186.
2) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, no: 1264. 22 November 2002.

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