Thursday, November 29, 2018

Galmaduwa Raja Maha Viharaya, Hingurana

The modern Stupa at Galmaduwa Viharaya, Ampara
Galmaduwa Raja Maha Viharaya is an ancient Buddhist temple in the village of Galmaduwa in Ampara District, Sri Lanka. The site is located on the Galmadu-Muwangala-Hinguarana road about 6.5 km from Hingurana town.

History
It is believed that the history of Galmaduwa temple is dated back to the early stage of Anuradhapura period [Anuradhapura period - 377 B.C. to 1017 A.D.) Withanachchi, 2013]. A large number of ruins including Sandakada Pahana (moonstones), Korawak Gal (balustrades), stone pillars of ruined structures, Chatra stone, flower altars, remnants of rampart are still found in the Vihara premises.
A circular artifact containing a cobra figure, Galmaduwa temple, Ampara Hidden ruins, probably a flight of steps, Galmaduwa temple, Ampara
A protected site
All archeological evidences including stone pillars and places of ancient buildings at the premises of Galmaduwa Rajamaha Vihara situated in Grama No. 05, Galmaduwa in Grama Niladhari Division No. W/27/H, Galmaduwa in the Divisional Secretary’s Division, Damana are archaeological protected monuments, declared by a government gazette notification published on 26 December 2014.
A Chatra stone, Galmaduwa temple, Ampara The stone pillars are surrounding an earth mound, probable Stupa, Galmaduwa temple, Ampara
A vandalized mound of earth, probably a Stupa mound, Galmaduwa temple, Ampara The Bodhi tree and its wall, Galmaduwa temple, Ampara
References
1) Withanachchi, C. R., 2013. Pauranika Sthana Saha Smaraka: Ampara Distrikkaya (In Sinhalese). Department of Archaeology (Sri Lanka). ISBN: 955-9159-44-5. p.31.
2) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. No: 1895. 26 December 2014. p. 1148.

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