Sri Sugatharama Viharaya (Thibbotugoda)

Sri Sugatharama Viharaya is a Buddhist temple situated in Thibbotugoda village. The image house of this temple is of archaeological significance.
Sri Sugatharama Viharaya
The image house of Sri Sugatharama Viharaya

Sri Sugatharama Viharaya (Sinhala: තිබ්බොටුගොඩ ශ්‍රී සුගතාරාම විහාරය) is a Buddhist temple situated in the village of Thibbotugoda near Ganemulla town in Gampaha District, Sri Lanka.

Image House

Thibbotugoda Sugatharamaya

The image house is the main attraction of this temple with an archaeological significance. It consists of an inner shrine and a narrow, open ambulatory around it.

The entrance of the image house is adorned with a Makara Thorana (the Dragon arch) and the figures of guards and deities. A seated Buddha statue accompanied by two images of Sariputta (left) and Moggallana (right), the two chief disciples of Gautama Buddha, are found inside the inner shrine. Two standing statues of Vishnu and Kataragama with Makara Thoranas are also found facing each other at both the left and right walls. The inside walls have been decorated with Buddhist murals belonging to the Kandyan tradition. The outer walls of the inner shrine contain no sculptures or murals.

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The image house was conserved by the Department of Archaeology on 23 July 2012.

A Protected Site

The image house situated in the Sri Sugatharama Vihara premises in 261 B, Thibbotugoda Grama Niladhari Wasama of the Gampaha Divisional Secretary’s Division is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government gazette notification published on 22 November 2002.

Sri Sugatharama Viharaya
Murals in the image house
Sri Sugatharama Viharaya
The image house

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Government Gazette Notifications

1) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. No: 1264. 22 November 2002.

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