Sudharmarama Purana Viharaya (Obada Ella)

Sudharmarama Purana Viharaya
Sri Sudharmarama Purana Viharaya (Sinhala: ඕබඩඇල්ල ශ්‍රී සුධර්මාරාම පුරාණ විහාරය) is a Buddhist temple situated in Obada Ella village in Bandarawela, Sri Lanka. The site can be reached by travelling about 3.5 km distance along the Diyathalawa road from Bandarawela town.

After inviting a monk, the temple was established by Buddhist devotees in the Obada Ella area between the period 1875-1880. As mentioned over the entrance door under the Makara Thorana (the Dragon Arch), the image house has been constructed in 2439 B.E. (or 1895 A.D.). The murals adorning the inner walls of the image house and the Makara Thorana show artistic features of the Kandyan Era paintings (Priyadarshani & Gunasena, 2017).

A protected site
The ancient Buddha shrine belonging to the Obadella Sudharmadarama Ancient Vihara premises in the Grama Niladhari Division No. 65-F–Obadella, in Bandarawela Divisional Secretary’s Division is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government notification published on 6 June 2008.

The Bodhi tree Paintings in the old image house Paintings in the old image house A Buddha statue
1) Priyadarshani, S. A. N.; Gunasena, I. P. P., 2017. Pauranika Sthana Saha Smaraka: Badulla Distrikkaya (In Sinhala). Department of Archaeology (Sri Lanka). ISBN: 955-9159-48-8. p. 52.
2) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, no: 1553, 6 June 2008. p. 530.

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This page was last updated on 6 November 2023
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