Thursday, August 12, 2021

Tholangamuwa Raja Maha Viharaya

Tholangamuwa Sri Sunandarama Raja Maha Viharaya is a Buddhist temple situated in Tolangamuwa village in Kegalle District, Sri Lanka.

History
The credit of building this temple belongs to a female priest named Silwat Unnanse, during the reign of Kirti Sri Rajasinghe [(1747-1782 A.D.) Bell, 1904]. The preaching hall is said to have been built during the time of King Sri Vikrama Rajasinghe [(1798-1815 A.D.) Abeyawardana, 2002].

The temple
The temple consists of a Bana-ge (preaching hall), a Vihara-ge (image house) and a Stupa. The Vihara-ge and the Stupa have been built on a raised platform of earth measures 32 ft. by 13 ft. 6 in. (Bell, 1904). The Stupa has a circumference of 17 ft. 6 in. (Bell, 1904). A red-robed seated Buddha image with two standing Buddhas on either side is found inside the Vihara-ge.

A protected site
The ancient preaching hall in the premises of Tholangamuwa Purana Vihara in the Warakapola Divisional Secretary’s Division is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government gazette notification published on 8 July 2005.
 
References
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.48.
2) Bell, H.C.P., 1904. Report on the Kegalle District of the Province of Sabaragamuwa. Archaeological Survey of Ceylon: XIX-1892. Government Press, Sri Lanka. p.32. 
3) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. No: 1401. 8 July 2005.

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