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.

History
As the presence of drip-ledged caves, the history of this site probably runs back to the before or beginning of the Christian era. The caves are believed to had been used as the abodes of Buddhist monks since ancient times. During the Kandyan Period (1597-1815 A.D.), the main cave of this temple has converted to 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. 

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

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