Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Sri Dharmendrarama Viharaya, Mayadunna

Sri Dharmendrarama Viharaya, Mayadunna, Sri Lanka
Sri Dharmendrarama Viharaya (also known as Sri Dharmendrarama Purana Raja Maha Viharaya or Mayadunna Viharaya) is a Buddhist temple situated in Ampara District Sri Lanka. It is located in the Grama Niladhari Division no. W/04A/055 of Mayadunna village in Uhana Divisional Secretary’s Division. The temple can be reached by travelling 1.5 km distance from the Mayadunna junction which is on the Ampara - Mahiyangana road about 17.5 km far from the Ampara town.

History
The exact history of Mayadunna temple is not known. According to the local believes this temple has a history related to the ancient Digamadulla principality (a provincial principality), but a proper archaeological exploration has been not done yet to verify this claim. However, a number of archaeological sites which are belonged to the old Digamadulla principality have been found in the surrounding area.

The temple was not known until it was found out by the locals. Villagers cleared the temple site and developed it to the present state. Today, many of the buildings erected at the temple are recent constructions but several ancient structures and artifacts still can be identified.

A protected site
The rock inscription, places with ruins of buildings and other archaeological evidences in the premises belonging to the Sri Dharmendrarama Rajamaha Vihara in Mayadunne Village (latitude 07º 25' 32.1'' N and longitude 081º 37' 58.3''E) are archaeological protected monuments, declared by a government gazette notification published on 11 October 2014.
A base stone The rock inscription of Mayadunna temple
The Bodhi tree The pond and the image house
References
1) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, no: 1884. 11 October 2014. p. 922.

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This page was last updated on 29 June 2019

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