Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Sri Pushparama Viharaya, Ratmalana

Pushparama Viharaya, Ratmalana
Sri Pushparama Viharaya is a Buddhist temple situated in Ratmalana in Colombo District, Sri Lanka. 
 
History
The land where the present temple stands is said to be called in the past Mohottiwatta and it belonged to Don Cosmo Weerasekara, a commander of Don Juan Dharmapala (1550-1597 A.D.) of Kotte Kingdom (Rajapakshe et al., 2018). Later, Weerasekara donated it to build a Buddhist temple and the present Pushparama Viharaya was erected on this land accordingly (Rajapakshe et al., 2018). 
 
Monuments
The Stupa, the image house, the Dhamma Salawa (the preaching hall), and the monks' dwelling are the main monuments of the temple. The two-storied image house shows architectural features of the period of British Ceylon (1815-1948 A.D.). Inside the image house are the sculptures and paintings of the Buddhist tradition. A reclining Buddha statue of about 30 ft long is found in the inner shrine (Rajapakshe et al., 2018). A seated Buddha in the Samadhi Mudra and a standing Buddha depicting the Abhaya Mudra are also found. The walls of the upper floor of the image house have been decorated with paintings depicting the features of the latter part of the Kandyan Kingdom (Rajapakshe et al., 2018). The paintings were conserved by the Central Cultural Fund during the period 2011-2012 (Rajapakshe et al., 2018).

A protected site
The ancient image house in Pushparama Vihara premises in the Rathmalana Vihara Grama Niladhari Division bearing No. 546 B in Divisional Secretariat Division of Rathmalana is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government gazette notification published on 18 June 1999. 

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References
1) Rajapakshe, S.; Bandara, T. M. C.; Vanninayake, R. M. B. T. A. B. (Editors), 2018. Puravidya Sthana Namavaliya: Kolamba Distrikkaya (In Sinhala). Vol. I. Department of Archaeology (Sri Lanka). ISBN: 978-955-7457-19-2. pp.54-55.
2) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, no: 1486. 23 February 2007, p.123.

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