Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Udayagiri Raja Maha Viharaya

The Stupa of Udayagiri Raja Maha Viharaya
Udayagiri Raja Maha Viharaya is a Buddhist temple in Ampara District, Sri Lanka. It is situated in the village of Udagirigama about 3.5 km far from the Uhana town.

History
The original Stupa which was located in this premises has been completely reconstructed (Withanachchi, 2013). According to the local believes, that original Stupa was a work belonged to the reign of King Udaya I [(903-914 AD) Withanachchi, 2013].

Inscription
A pillar inscription established in the tenth regnal year of King Udaya I (Medhananda, 2003) is found erected at the entrance of the temple. It records that the lands of this temple had been exempted from the Veletta Badda (probably a kind of tax imposed on grains) by two generals named Udaya and Abhaya (Medhananda, 2003).

The temple which was in a state of ruin, was again become an abode of Buddhist monks since about 1926 (Medhananda, 2003).

A protected site
Site with the evidences of buildings with stone pillars, all archeological relics such as Stupa Chatra balustardes, moonstone and flower altar at the premises of Udayagiri Rajamaha Vihara belonging to Udagirigama village situated in Grama Niladhari Division No. W/88B, Udagirigama East in the Divisional Secretary’s Division, Uhana are archaeological protected monuments, declared by a government gazette notification published on 26 December 2014.

The pillar inscription of Udayagiri temple Ruins of Udayagiriya temple Ruins of Udayagiriya temple A Chatra, Udayagiriya temple
References
1) Medhananda, Ven. E., 2003. Pacheena passa - Uttara passa: Negenahira palata ha uturu palate Sinhala bauddha urumaya (In Sinhala). Dayawansa Jayakody & Company. Colombo. ISBN: 978-955-686-112-9. pp.221-224.
2) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, no: 1895. 26 December 2014. p. 1150.
3) Withanachchi, C. R., 2013. Pauranika Sthana Saha Smaraka: Ampara Distrikkaya. Department of Archaeology (Sri Lanka). p.27.

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This page was last updated on 14 September 2019

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