Monday, November 26, 2018

Uruwala Valagamba Raja Maha Viharaya

The ancient Bodhi tree and its rampart at Uruwala Valagamba temple, Gampaha
Uruwala Valagamba Raja Maha Viharaya is an ancient Buddhist temple in the village of Buthpitiya (North) in Gampaha District, Sri Lanka. The temple is situated on Wathurugama road about 6 km distance from the Yakkala Junction.

History
According to the folklore, the history of this temple is dated back to the reign of King Valagamba (103 B.C. and c. 89–77 B.C.). The cave temples at Koskandawala, Maligathenna, Warana, Miriswatta and Pilikuththuwa which are situated in the vicinity of Uruwala temple are said to have formed one major cave site during the early Anuradhapura period.

The large drip-ledged cave which houses the temple image house is adorned with a number of paintings and sculptures belonging to the Kandyan style.

A protected site
The old Poya Geya (chapter house), drip ledged caves, the ancient Bodhi tree and its rampart in the Uruwala Walagamba Raja Maha Viharaya situated in the Divisional Secretary’s Division of Mahara are archaeological protected monuments, declared by a government gazette notification published on 8 July 2005. 
The cave temple of Uruwala Valagamba Viharaya The Stupa of Uruwala Valagamba Viharaya
References
1) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. No: 1401. 8 July 2005.

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This page was last updated on 2 June 2019

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