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 a Buddhist temple located in the village of Buthpitiya (North) in Gampaha District, Sri Lanka. The temple is situated on the wayside of the Wathurugama road about 6 km distance from the Yakkala Junction.

History
Locals link the history of this temple to King Valagamba (103 B.C. and c. 89–77 B.C.). The rock cave that houses the image house today is a drip-ledged one and therefore, it can be assumed that the cave was an abode of Buddhist monks in ancient times. The cave temples at Koskandawala, Maligathenna, Varana, Miriswatta, and Pilikuththuwa which are situated in the vicinity of Uruwala temple are said to have formed one major cave site during the early part of the Anuradhapura Period (377 B.C. - 1017 A.D.).

The large drip-ledged cave which houses the temple image house is adorned with paintings and sculptures of the Buddhist tradition.

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 The Stupa
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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 7 February 2021
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