Saturday, October 5, 2019

Rambadagalla Vidyasagara Piriven Viharaya

Rambadagalla Buddha
Rambadagalla Viharaya (also known as Vidyasagara Piriven Viharaya, Monaragala) is a Buddhist temple located in the village of Rambadagalla in Kurunegala District, Sri Lanka. Presently, the temple has become an attractive place among the visitors due to the recently constructed gigantic rock-hewn Buddha statue known as Rambadagalla Buddha. This statue is believed to be one of the largest rock-cut sitting Buddha statues in the world.

Statue
An idea to construct a large Buddha statue in Rambadagalla Viharaya is said to be come as a result of the destruction of Buddhas of Bamyan in Afganistan (Two gigantic Buddha statues known as Bamyan Buddhas, were destroyed in March 2001 by Taliban, an Islamic military organization). Ven Egodamulle Amaramoli Thera who is the chief incumbent of Rambadagalla temple pioneered in the construction of the statue. The project was helped by a large number of donors including Deivanayagam Pillai Eassuwaren (a Hindu businessman), Mahinda Rajapaksa (Sri Lanka president) and Nirupama Rao (Indian High Commissioner in Colombo).

Commenced in 2002, the construction work of the statue was carried out under the supervision of M. Muthiah Sthapathi, a renown South Indian sculptor who had been awarded the "Padma Sri" honour by the Indian Government. The statue which is 67.5 ft high (the total height is said to be 75 ft with its pedestal) was completed after more than one decade and officially unveiled on 30 April 2015 by the then Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena.

In 2018, a book under the title "The Compassionate Buddha of the Rock" which deals with the historical significance of the Samadhi Buddha statue in Rambadagalla temple was released coincide of the first year remembrance of its late author, Deivanayagam Pillai Eassuwaren. 

Attribution
1) Beautiful Buddha Statue by VINUK86 is licensed under CC BY SA 4.0

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