Bandagiriya Viharaya

Bandagiriya Viharaya
Bandagiriya Viharaya (Sinhala: බඳගිරිය විහාරය) is a Buddhist temple situated near Bandagiriya Wewa in Hambantota District, Sri Lanka. 

This temple is believed to be the ancient Badagaldora Viharaya built by Kavantissa [(205-161 B.C.) Nicholas, 1963]. The place-names Bandagiri and Badagiri have been found among Sigiri graffiti (Nicholas, 1963).

Inscriptions belonging to the 4th 5th centuries A.D. have been recorded from the site (Gamage, 2020).

Bandagiriya rock inscriptions
Period: 3rd-4th centuries A.D.          Script: Transitional Brahmi          Language: Old Sinhala
Content: Three rock inscriptions reveal donations made to this temple. The first one records that Sinha, the son of minister Bapa made a donation to conduct the preaching of Ariyawasa from the interest received for one year. The second one also mentions a donation made to conduct the preaching of Ariyawasa and the four requisites. The third inscription is fragmentary.
Reference: The information board at the site by the Department of Archaeology and the Ministry of National Heritage.

A protected site
The ancient Stupa at Bandagiriya village situated in Hambantota Magam Pattuva is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government gazette notification published on 23 February 1967.

Bandagiriya Viharaya
1) Gamage, D.P., 2020. Epigraphical Notes (Nos. 22-23). Department of Archaeology. ISBN: 978-955-7457-30-7. pp.63-64. 
2) Nicholas, C. W., 1963. Historical topography of ancient and medieval Ceylon. Journal of the Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, New Series (Vol VI). Special Number: Colombo. Royal Asiatic Society (Ceylon Branch). p.67.
3) The government gazette notification. no: 14737. 23 February 1967.

Location Map
This page was last updated on 4 June 2022
For a complete tourist map follow this link: Lankapradeepa Tourist Map

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