Sunday, March 10, 2019

Kshetrarama Maha Viharaya

The Stupa of Kshetrarama Maha Viharaya
Kshetrarama Maha Viharaya (also known as Kekirideniya Pansala) is a Buddhist temple located in the village of Lakshapathiya in Moratuwa, Colombo District, Sri Lanka.

History
Kshetrarama temple was established in 1829, by the chief monk Ven. Weligama Sri Sumanatissa Thera who was at the time residing at Walane Saranapala Maha Viharaya. The occupation ceremony of the monks' dwelling is said to be taken place in 1889, after performing the religious rituals for the death of Weligama Sri Sumanatissa Thera.

Monuments
The rock carved Buddha statue
Among the monuments of archaeological interest, the old image house and the two storied Seema Malakaya building are important. The Seema Malakaya building in Kshetrarama Viharaya is considered as a rare and unique monument as its architectural features are not seen at any other Buddhist temples in the country. It bears architectural patterns belonging to the period of Second World War (1939 – 1945).

The old image house is a small quadrangular structure and can be seen at the right side of the main entrance. Only a rock cut Buddha statue, its halo and a stone flower altar are found inside the image house. It is seemed that the original appearance of the image house has been altered due to the total renovations done recently.

The library of the temple also contains a large number of valuable Ola-leaf manuscripts such as Tripitaka and other religious writings. 

The old image-house The old Seema-Malakaya building
Location Map

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