Sunday, May 26, 2019

Ginthupitiya Old Kovil, Colombo

Ginthupitiya Kovil (or Jinthupitiya Sri Sivaraja Vinayagar Swamy Kovil) is an old Hindu shrine located at No. 99 Ginthupitiya Street, Colombo 13, Sri Lanka.
Ginthupitiya Old Kovil, Colombo

The history of Ginthupitiya Kovil can be dated back to the beginning of the 19 century. The temple and the building known as 'Ramlal Maharajah Dharma Chatram' which had been used to accommodate devotees visiting the Kovil have been built in 1813 (Rajapakshe et al., 2018).

However, due to the recent renovations, some parts of these historic buildings have been altered (Rajapakshe et al., 2018).

A protected site
The old Kovil, rest house and its road belonging to No. 11 C of the Ginthupitiya Grama Niladhari Division in the Colombo Divisional Secretary’s Division are archaeological protected monuments, declared by a government Gazette notification published on 22 November 2002.

1) Rajapakshe, S.; Bandara, T. M. C.; Vanninayake, R. M. B. T. A. B. (Editors), 2018. Puravidya Sthana Namavaliya: Kolamba Distrikkaya (In Sinhala). Vol. I. Department of Archaeology (Sri Lanka). ISBN: 978-955-7457-19-2. p.30.
2) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. No: 1264. 22 November 2002.

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This page was last updated on 10 September 2019


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    1. This is probably the hall known as "Ramlal Maharajah Dharma Chatram"