Hakurugala Viharaya

Hakurugala Viharaya (Sinhala: හකුරුගල රජ මහා විහාරය) is a Buddhist temple situated in Nikawalamulla in Kegalle District, Sri Lanka.

The history of this temple runs back to the early Anuradhapura Period (Abeyawardana, 2002). During the reign of King Rajasinghe I (1581-1593 A.D.), this Viharaya is said to have been bestowed to Buddhist monks by a Disawe named Mattamagoda (Abeyawardana, 2002). According to folklore, the queens of Rajasinghe I who heard about the king's defeat had committed suicide by leaping from the rock near this temple (Abeyawardana, 2002).

A protected site
The cave temple of Hakurugala Vihara situated in Nikawalamulla/Hakurugala village in the Divisional Secretary’s Division of Dehiovita is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government gazette notification published on 8 July 2005.

1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2002. Heritage of Sabaragamuwa: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Sabaragamuwa Development Bank and The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. ISBN: 955-575-077-7. pp.65-66.
2) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, no: 1401. 8 July 2005.

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This page was last updated on 8 January 2023

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