Beligammana Pothgul Viharaya

Beligammana Pothgul Viharaya
Beligammana Raja Maha Viharaya (also known as Vidyawardhana Piriven Pothgul Viharaya) is a Buddhist temple situated in Mawanella in Kegalle District, Sri Lanka.

The history of this temple runs back to the early part of the 19th century. The preaching hall to where the devotees gather to listen to Dhamma is said to be one of the oldest buildings of this temple (De Silva & Chandrasekara, 2009) It has been constructed about 200 years ago by two persons named Kiribandara Nilame and K.B. Senevirathna Nilame (De Silva & Chandrasekara, 2009).

The two-storied library building known as Potgula is said to have been built in 1870 (Abeyawardana, 2002).

A protected site
The ancient Potgula (library) building situated in the premises of Beligammana Potgul Vihara in Beligammana village in the Divisional Secretariat Division of Mawanella is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government gazette notification published on 7 December 2001.
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.  p.55.
2) De Silva, N.; Chandrasekara, D.P., 2009. Heritage Buildings of Sri Lanka. Colombo: The National Trust Sri Lanka, ISBN: 978-955-0093-01-4. p.88.
3) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. No: 1214. 7 December 2001.
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This page was last updated on 21 September 2021
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