Dharma Vijaya Vishrama Salawa

Kirigala Ambalama
Dharma Vijaya Vishrama Salawa, also called by some Kirigala Ambalama (Sinhala: ධර්ම විජය විශ්‍රාම ශාලාව, කිරිගල අම්බලම), is an old pilgrim rest located at Sagara Palansuriya Vidyalaya near the Kirigalamukalana forest reserve on the Padukka-Ingiriya Road in Kalutara District, Sri Lanka.

This pilgrim rest can be identified as an Ambalama, a traditional resting place built by locals in ancient times to accommodate wayfarers who were travelling to distant places. They were also used as a place for people to gather, hold meetings and serve as a public place in society. During the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, Ambalamas were spread all over the country. 
The Dharma Vijaya pilgrim rest has been built at the present site for the convenience of travellers in 1957, commemorating the 2500th Buddha Jayanthi (the 2,500th anniversary of the passing away of Buddha).

The structure
The pilgrim rest is a brick-and-mortar building similar to a small house.

Kirigala Ambalama .
Location Map
This page was last updated on 14 February 2023

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