Saturday, July 3, 2021

Kandegama Kanda Viharaya

Kandegama Kanda Len Viharaya is a Buddhist temple situated at the foot of the Danigala Mountain in Polonnaruwa District, Sri Lanka.

History
As the presence of early-Brahmi cave inscriptions, the history of this temple runs back to the pre-Christian era (Paranavitana, 1970).
 
Period: 3rd century B.C.-1st century A.D.           Script: Early Brahmi           Language: Old Sinhala
Transcript: Parumaka Digatisha puta par(u)maka Gutasha lene.
Translation: The cave of the chief Gutta, son of the chief Dighatissa.
Citation: Paranavitana, 1970. p.23.

The reclining Buddha statue
There is a 5.4 m long reclining statue of Buddha in an upper cave of the hill of the Kandegama Kanda temple (Wikramagamage, 2004). Made of brick and clay, it is similar to the statue at Pidurangala Viharaya in Sigiriya (Wikramagamage, 2004).
 
References
1) Paranavitana, S., 1970. Inscription of Ceylon (Vol. I). Department of Archaeology Ceylon. pp.23-24.
2) Wikramagamage, C., 2004. Heritage of Rajarata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo. Central Bank of Sri Lanka. p.252.

Location Map
This page was last updated on 3 July 2021
For a complete tourist map follow this link: Lankapradeepa Tourist Map

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