Dalukgolla Viharaya (Ampitiya)

Dalukgolla Viharaya, Ampitiya
Dalukgolla Raja Maha Viharaya (Sinhala: දලුක්ගොල්ල විහාරය) is a Buddhist temple situated in Ampitiya village in Kandy District, Sri Lanka.

On the orders of King Kirti Sri Rajasinghe (1747-1782 A.D.), this temple was erected in 1765 by Rajakaruna Wijewardhana Navaratna Wasala Mudiyanse in order to provide facilities to the Buddhist monks visiting Kandy from Hewaheta and Nuwara Eliya (Abeyawardana, 2004; De Silva & Chandrasekara, 2009; Withanachchi, 2018). The completed temple is said to have been bestowed by the king to a Buddhist monk named Werasara Rambukwelle Dhammarakkhita Anunayaka Thera (Abeyawardana, 2004; Withanachchi, 2018).

The cremation of the eminent Buddhist monk Weliwita Sri Saranankara Thera (1698-1778 A.D.) was taken place at this temple premises (Abeyawardana, 2004; Withanachchi, 2018). A monument (a Stupa) containing his ashes is said to have been erected in 1778 by King Kirti Sri Rajasinghe (1747-1782 A.D.) and that monument was later renovated in 1965 (Abeyawardana, 2004; De Silva & Chandrasekara, 2009).

A protected site
The image house and Sangawasaya (dwelling house) in the Dalukgolla Raja Maha Vihara premises in the Dalukgolla village in the No. 270 Ampitiya Udagama Grama Niladhari Division in the Gangawata Korale Divisional Secretary’s Division are archaeological protected monuments, declared by a government gazette notification published on 24 July 2009.

1) IMG_3839, IMG_3827, & IMG_3836b by Denish C are licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Kandurata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. p.33.
2) De Silva, N.; Chandrasekara, D.P., 2009. Heritage Buildings of Sri Lanka. Colombo: The National Trust Sri Lanka, ISBN: 978-955-0093-01-4. p.100.
3) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, no: 1612. 24 July 2009. p.1021.
4) Withanachchi, C.R., 2018. Madyama palate Rajamaha Viharasthana (In Sinhala). Report on the ancient Buddhist temples in the Central Province of Sri Lanka which were royally sponsored during the Kandy period. p.11.

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This page was last updated on 4 April 2023

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