Monday, October 11, 2021

Parama Dhamma Nivesa Pirivena

Not to be confused with Parama Dhamma Chethiya Pirivena

Parama Dhamma Nivesa Pirivena is a Buddhist temple situated in Boralesgamuwa in Colombo District, Sri Lanka. 

History
This temple was built at the same time as the Parama Dhamma Chethiya Pirivena in Ratmalana (Rajapakshe et al., 2018). With the addition of new buildings and other facilities, it gradually became a prominent Pirivena (a centre of learning) for Buddhist monks in the country. 
 
As mentioned in the Vihara documents, the Awasa-ge (monks' dwelling) and the Vihara-ge (image house) were added to the temple around 1880, during the time of Godigamuwe Saranatissa Thera (Rajapakshe et al., 2018). The completed Vihara-ge is said to have been declared open by the scholarly Buddhist monk Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Thera (1827-1911) in 1898 (Rajapakshe et al., 2018). The construction works of the Bodhi tree shrine, Stupa, belfry, and the Bana Maduwa (Dhamma preaching hall) were finished around 1928, during the time of Lenadora Dhammarakkhita Thera (Rajapakshe et al., 2018).

A protected site
The image house and ancient Avasage in the Paramadamma Niwasa Piriwena in Boralasgamuwa Grama Niladhari Division bearing No. 533 B in Kesbewa Divisional Secretariat Division are archaeological protected monuments, declared by a government Gazette notification published on 23 February 2007.
 
References
1) Rajapakshe, S.; Bandara, T. M. C.; Vanninayake, R. M. B. T. A. B. (Editors), 2018. Puravidya Sthana Namavaliya: Kolamba Distrikkaya (In Sinhala). Vol. I. Department of Archaeology (Sri Lanka). ISBN: 978-955-7457-19-2. pp.50-51.
2) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. No: 1486. 23 February 2007. p.524.

Location Map
This page was last updated on 11 October 2021
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