Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Rakkhiththa Kanda Viharaya

Rakkhiththa Kanda Viharaya
Photo credit: Pasindu Galgomuwa, Google street view

Rakkhiththakanda Raja Maha Viharaya is a Buddhist temple situated in Kurugama village in Monaragala District, Sri Lanka. The way to the famous Kurullangala prehistoric site is fallen through this temple.

As the presence of drip-ledged caves with early-Brahmi inscriptions, the history of this site runs back to the pre-Christian era. The caves of this have been used as the abodes of Buddhist monks since ancient times. 

Rakkhithakanda cave inscription
Period: 2nd-1st centuries B.C.                    Script: Early Brahmi                    Language: Old Sinhala
Transcript: Budarakita terasha lene
Translation: The cave of Venerable Buddharakkhita
Reference: The information board at the site by the Department of Archaeology and the State Ministry of Cultural Affairs.

During the Kandyan Period (1597-1815 A.D.), the main cave of this temple was converted into an image house and the paintings and sculptures of the Kandyan tradition are found in it.

A protected site
The drip-ledged cave temple and the Stupa of Rakkhithakanda Purana Vihara situated in Kurugama village, in Wellawaya Divisional Secretary’s Division are archaeological protected monuments, declared by a government gazette notification published on 22 November 2002. 

1) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. No: 1264. 22 November 2002.
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This page was last updated on 28 September 2021
For a complete tourist map follow this link: Lankapradeepa Tourist Map


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