Thursday, April 19, 2018


The Komarikagala cave, Sri Lanka
Komarikagala is a rock with archaeological evidences situated in Pelwatta Sugar Industry Division in Monaragala District, Sri Lanka. The site is located about 1 km far the mountain of the Buttala iron ore deposit.

In the past period, Komarikagala served as a Buddhist cave temple but later it became an uninhabited place.

A drip-ledged cave with an early-Brahmi inscription has been found in the site. In front of the cave is a Kema, a natural pond used by the dwelling monks. On the top of rock, scattered rubble of ruined structures are found. Most of the ruins are seemed to have been destroyed by the people.

Komarikagala cave inscription 

Scripts      : Early Brahmi
Language : Old Sinhalese
Transcript :Parumaka Pulaya puta parumaka
Utara  puta  parumaka  Datasha kumi lene ca
shagasha dine
Translation : The cistern and the cave of chief
Datta, son  of the chief Uttara, son of the chief
Pulaya, is given to the Buddhist Sangha

Citation : Paranavitana, 1970.
The Komarikagala inscription
Ruins at Komarikagala, Sri Lanka Rubble of buildings
Ruins of a structure The pond at Komarikagala, Sri Lanka
1) Paranavitana, S., 1970. Inscription of Ceylon: Volume I: Early Brahmi Inscriptions. Department of Archaeology Ceylon. p.54.

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