Saturday, October 12, 2019

Kothalawala Sankhapitti Viharaya, Kaduwela

Sankhapitti Viharaya, Kothalawala
Sankhapitti Purana Viharaya (also known as Kothalawala temple) is a Buddhist temple situated in Kothalawala village in Colombo District, Sri Lanka. It is located on wayside of Kaduwela - Battaramulla road about 650 m distance from the Kaduwela bus stand.

History
Sankhapitti Viharaya, Kothalawala
The early history of Sankhapitti Viharaya is not clear. It is believed that this temple has been established during the end of Kotte period (1412-1597 A.D.) or the beginning of Kandyan Kingdom (1469-1815 A.D.). The old paintings and sculptures which are found in the temple's image house are said to be belong to a period parallel to the Kotte era.

An old manuscript which is currently in the possession of the temple reveals that the trusteeship of this Vihara had been transferred to Batugedara Gnanalankara Thera by the then caretaker, Hakpitiye Aththadassi Thera. This letter which has been dated in 1823, is considered important as it is the only written document which containing the earliest date related with the history the temple.

A protected site
The ancient image house in the premises of the Sankhapitti Vihara in Kotalawala village in Kaduwela Divisional Secretary’s Division is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government Gazette notification published on 1 November 1996.

References
1) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, no: 948. 1 November 1996.

Location Map
This page was last updated on 12 October 2019

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