Monday, 31 January 2022

Dharma Vijaya Vishrama Salawa

Kirigala Ambalama
Kirigala Ambalama (Photo credit: Google street view)

Dharma Vijaya Vishrama Salawa (also called by some as Kirigala Ambalama) 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.

History
This pilgrim rest can be identified as an Ambalama, traditional resting places 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 2500th anniversary of the passing away of Buddha).

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

Location Map
This page was last updated on 8 August 2022

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