Saturday, March 20, 2021

Asmagoda Purana Viharaya

Asmagoda Purana Viharaya is a Buddhist temple situated in Asmagoda village in Matara District, Sri Lanka.

History
This temple is believed to have been built in about 1750 (Wikramaratne, 2015). A Dutch symbol and some figures belonging to that time are found on the front wall of the Vihara-ge [(the image house) Wikramaratne, 2015]. Some ancient structures such as Sandakada-pahana (moonstone), stone door-frame, and stone steps are found within the temple premises (Wikramaratne, 2015). 

A protected site
The ancient image house of Asmagoda Purana Raja Maha Viharaya located in Asmagoda village, in the Divisional Secretary’s Division of Akuressa 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.
2) Wikramaratne, I., 2015. Pauranika Sthana Saha Smaraka: Matara Distrikkaya (In Sinhala). Department of Archaeology (Sri Lanka). ISBN: 955-9159-54-2. pp.47-48.

Location Map
This page was last updated on 20 March 2021
For a complete tourist map follow this link: Lankapradeepa Tourist Map

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