Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Maimbulkanda Gallen Viharaya

Maimbulkanda Viharaya
Maimbulkanda Purana Gallen Viharaya (or Maimbula Gallen Viharaya) is a Buddhist temple located in Ranpokunugama in Gampaha District, Sri Lanka. 

The temple
The temple is situated on a high-ground and consists of a Len-viharaya (the cave temple: an image house built within a cave), a newly built Stupa and a Bodhi-tree. The lower-ground is connected to the upper-ground through a flight of steps consisting of a large number of granite slabs. Some of these slabs contain the names of unknown people, probably the donors who contributed in constructing that flight of steps.

Len Viharaya
The Len-viharaya is the main attraction of the temple with archaeological value. It houses several Buddha images in meditating and standing posture. Some of these images are apparently old but they have been colored with modern-day paintings. The ceiling of the cave is adorned with paintings probably belonging to a modern period.

A protected site
The cave temple with ancient frescoes and sculptures within the premises of Maimbula Gallen Vihara in Maimbula Ranpokunagama Village belonging to the Grama Niladhari Division No. 350, Maimbula in the Divisional Secretary’s Division, Aththanagalla is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government gazette notification published on 7 July 2016.

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References
1) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka; Extraordinary. No: 1974/16. 7 July 2016. p.5A.

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