Muwangala Raja Maha Viharaya

Muwangala Raja Maha Viharaya
Muwangala Raja Maha Viharaya, also known as Digamadulle Purana Viharaya (Sinhala: මුවංගල රජ මහා විහාරය, දිගාමඩුල්ලේ පුරාණ විහාරය), is a Buddhist temple situated in Muwangala village in Ampara District, Sri Lanka. The site is located on the wayside of Galmadu-Muwangala-Hinguarana road about 3 km distance from Hingurana town.

The site is on a large rock located near Hingurana Town. A number of ruins are found scattered on the summit as well as the base of the rock (Withanachchi, 2013). Sri Pathul Gal (slabs of Buddha footprint), rock-cut steps, base stones of buildings, stone pillars, fragments of bricks and roof-tiles are found among the ruins. Two inscriptions are found on the rock near the Stupa and below the drip-ledge of a cave located at the base of the Muwangala rock (Withanachchi, 2013).

A protected site
Rock with the drip-ledged cave, rock inscriptions, ruins of buildings, the flight of steps and other archeological evidence at the premises of Muwangala Rajamaha Vihara situated in Grama Niladhari Division No. W/27/13, Muwangala in the Divisional Secretary’s Division, Damana (Latitude 07º35´ 002´´ N and longitude 81º76´ 20.6´´ E) are archaeological protected monuments, declared by a government gazette notification published on 26 December 2014.

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1) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. No: 1895. 26 December 2014. p. 1148.
2) Withanachchi, C. R., 2013. Pauranika Sthana Saha Smaraka: Ampara Distrikkaya (In Sinhala). Department of Archaeology (Sri Lanka). ISBN: 955-9159-44-5. pp.30-31.

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This page was last updated on 12 June 2023
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