Sunday, September 2, 2018

Bingoda Aranya Senasanaya, Govinda Hela

Bingoda Aranya Senasanaya, Govinda Hela, Sri Lanka
Bingoda Aranya Senasanaya (Bingoda Forest Hermitage) is an ancient Buddhist cave temple in Siyambalanduwa Divisional Secretary's Division in Monaragala District, Sri Lanka. The temple is located in Bowela village near to the famous rock mountain Govinda Hela.

A large number of drip-ledged caves prepared as dwellings for the Sangha (Buddhist monks) are found at the site. Many of them contain inscriptions (written in Brahmi letters) inscribed just below the drip-ledges (Kataram).
Bingoda Aranya Senasanaya, Govinda Hela, Sri Lanka Bingoda Aranya Senasanaya, Govinda Hela, Sri Lanka
As today, many of the caves have been abandoned but few of them are still being used by the temple monks. Several caves are totally in collapsed condition due to the results of natural and human activities. Remnants of original mud plaster and structures such as rubble walls can be seen in some caves.

A protected site
All the caves with drip-ledges and all the caves with Brahmi letters, all ruins of buildings and flight of rock steps in the territory of Bingoda Forest Hermitage are archaeological protected monuments, declared by a government gazette notification published on 16 August 2013.
Bingoda Aranya Senasanaya, Govinda Hela, Sri Lanka Bingoda Aranya Senasanaya, Govinda Hela, Sri Lanka
Bingoda Aranya Senasanaya, Govinda Hela, Sri Lanka Bingoda Aranya Senasanaya, Govinda Hela, Sri Lanka
References
1) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Extraordinary. no: 1823/73. 16 August 2013. p. 5A.

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