Sri Dharmendrarama Viharaya (Mayadunna)

Dharmendrarama Viharaya
Sri Dharmendrarama Viharaya, also known as  Mayadunna Viharaya (Sinhala: ශ්‍රී ධර්මේන්ද්‍රාරාම රජ මහා විහාරය, මායාදුන්න විහාරය), is a Buddhist temple situated in Ampara District Sri Lanka. The temple can be reached by travelling about 1.5 km from the Mayadunna junction which is located on the Ampara - Mahiyangana road about 17.5 km from Ampara town.

According to the locals, the history of this temple goes back to the period of the ancient Digamadulla principality (a provincial principality). Several ancient Buddhist monastery sites established during this period are found in the surrounding area. Some artefacts belonging to the Anuradhapura Period such as Siri Pathul GalSandakada Pahana, and broken pillars of old structures have been identified at the site. Remains of an inscription engraved on the rock between the image house and the pond are presently marked by the Department of Archaeology.

A protected site
The rock inscription, places with ruins of buildings, and other archaeological evidence in the premises belonging to the Sri Dharmendrarama Rajamaha Vihara in Mayadunne village in the Grama Niladhari Division no. W/04A/055 in Uhana Divisional Secretary’s Division (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
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 21 March 2023
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