Sunday, December 23, 2018

Aramanapola Raja Maha Viharaya, Ganegama

The image house and the Stupa, Aramanapola
Aramanapola Raja Maha Viharaya is an old Buddhist temple located in Ganegama village in Ratnapura District, Sri Lanka. The site can be reached by traveling along the Ratnapura - Haputhale road about 20 km distance from Ratnapura town.

History
The history of Aramanapola temple is dated back to the reign of Parakramabahu VI of Kotte [(1410/1412/1415-1467 A.D.) Gnanawimala Thera, 1967]. The two storied image house of the temple is said to be erected during the Kandyan era [(1469–1815 A.D.) Gnanawimala Thera, 1967].

Aramanapola copper plate grant
During the reign of King Sri Vikrama Rajasinghe (1798-1815 A.D.), Kotta Imbulwala Anomadassi Thera who was a monk of lineage of Kotta Imbulawala Viharaya restored the old Stupa of the temple with constructing a rampart. Expending 1285 amount of silvers he also erected a Stupa and three images at Aramanapola Viharaya and the merit thus acquired was offered to the Mahawasala of Kandy (Gnanawimala Thera, 1967). By hearing this meritorious deed, King Sri Vikrama Rajasinghe issued a copper plate in 1730 of Saka years (1808 A.D.), declaring several grant of properties to both Kotta Imbulwala Viharaya and Aramanapola Viharaya (Gnanawimala Thera, 1967). This copper plate grant is considered today as an important inscription as it reveals some historical details about Aramanapola temple.

A protected site
Aramanapola Raja Maha Viharaya in the Divisional Secretary’s Division of Pelmadulla is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government gazette notification published on 2 March 1951.

Carvings in the image house, Aramanapola Viharaya The Buddha Statue, Aramanapola Viharaya Sandakada Pahana, Aramanapola Viharaya Replicas of statues of Polonnaruwa Gal Viharaya, Aramanapola
References
1) Gnanawimala Thera, K., 1967. Saparagamu Darshana (In Sinhala). S. Godage Saha Sahodarayo. pp.180-181,216-220.
6) The Gazette notification (Ceylon). No: 10217. 2 March 1951.

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This page was last updated on 14 September 2019

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