Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Ovagiriya Archaeological Site

The Stupa of Ovagiriya temple, Ampara
Ovagiriya (or Owagiriya) is a Buddhist archaeological site situated in the village of Polwatta in Ampara District, Sri Lanka. The site can be reached by traveling along the Ampara-Inginiyagala road approximately 19 km distance from the Ampara town.

This site was in a ruined state until the surrounding area was developed by the Gal Oya Development Scheme. On the request of the Gal Oya Development Board, several conservation works were done at the site by the Department of Archaeology.

History
Hidden ruins at Ovagiriya, AmparaThe history of this temple is dated back to the early Anuradhapura era (Anuradhapura period: 377 B.C. to 1017 A.D.). Ruins of ancient buildings and structures, stone pillars, a Stupa, an image house, flight of steps, Korawak Gal (balustrades), Muragal (guard stones), Sri Pathul Gal (Buddha's foot prints), stone bases and flat tiles are found at the site (Withanachchi, 2013).

Image house
The image house which presently houses a standing Buddha image is belonging to the early Anuradhapura period. The dilapidated structure was exposed by an excavation in 2002 and subsequently conserved. The stone Buddha statue which is about 11.5 feet in height was found headless and hand less and was conserved by the Archaeological Department in 2008.

Stupa
The Stupa of Ovagiriya temple also belongs to the early Anuradhapura period. It was excavated by the Archaeological Department in 2012. A flight of steps, fragments of Korawak Gal and Muragal have been found from the premises of the Stupa.

The Buddha Statue of Owagiriya, Ampara Yantra stone and other artifacts in the ruined image house, Owagiriya Ruins of ancient buildings, Owagiriya Ruins of ancient buildings
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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.26.

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