Monday, November 8, 2021

Kevulgama Dalada Gaman Viharaya

Kevulgama Sri Dalada Gaman Raja Maha Viharaya is a Buddhist temple situated in Kevulgama village in Kandy District, Sri Lanka.

History
This temple has gained recognition due to the protection of the sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha for a short period of time during the 18th century (Abeyawardana, 2004; Rajapakse, 2016). The Tooth Relic which had been kept in Dalada Maligawa in Kandy was brought to this temple when the Dutch attacked Kandy in 1764 and 1765 (Raven, 2010).
 
The cave temple
The cave temple consists of two parts; the inner chamber and the outer chamber. Of them, the outer chamber preserves some old paintings (Rajapakse, 2016). A small Stupa and a pillar inscription of King Sahassa Malla (1200-1202 A.D.) is found in the same cave (Codrington, 1933).
 
References
1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Kandurata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. p.114.
2) Codrington, H.W., 1933. The Kevulgama Inscription. Epigraphia Zeylanica: Being Lithic and Other Inscriptions of Ceylon: Vol. III. The Archeological Department. pp.230-235.
3) Rajapakse, S., 2016. Pauranika Sthana Ha Smaraka: Mahanuwara Distrikkaya (In Sinhala). Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka. ISBN:955-9159-34-8. pp.158-159.
4) Raven, E., 2010. ABIA: South and Southeast Asian Art and Archaeology Index: Volume Three–South Asia. Brill. p.669.
 
Location Map
This page was last updated on 8 November 2021
For a complete tourist map follow this link: Lankapradeepa Tourist Map

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