Thursday, November 29, 2018

Galmaduwa Raja Maha Viharaya, Hingurana

The modern Stupa at Galmaduwa Viharaya, Ampara
Galmaduwa Raja Maha Viharaya is a Buddhist temple situated in Galmaduwa village in Ampara District, Sri Lanka. The site can be reached by traveling along the Galmadu-Muwangala-Hinguarana road about 6.5 km from Hingurana town.

History
A circular artifact containing a cobra figureIt is believed that the history of Galmaduwa temple is going back to the early part of the Anuradhapura period (Withanachchi, 2013). A large number of ruins including Sandakada Pahana (moonstones), Korawak Gal (balustrades), stone pillars of ruined structures, Chatra stones, flower altars, remnants of rampart walls have been found from the temple premises. Of them, there is a circular stone artifact containing a rock-cut figure similar to a cobra.

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 Hidden ruins, probably a flight of steps, Galmaduwa temple, Ampara A vandalized mound of earth, probably a Stupa mound, Galmaduwa temple, Ampara The Bodhi tree and its wall, Galmaduwa temple, Ampara The stone pillars are surrounding an earth mound, probable Stupa, Galmaduwa temple, Ampara
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References
1) Withanachchi, C. R., 2013. Pauranika Sthana Saha Smaraka: Ampara Distrikkaya (In Sinhala). 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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This page was last updated on 31 October 2020
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