Wednesday, 26 May 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 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, 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. 

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 27 February 2022
For a complete tourist map follow this link: Lankapradeepa Tourist Map

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