Padeniya Raja Maha Viharaya

Padeniya Raja Maha Viharaya
Padeniya Raja Maha Viharaya (Photo credit: Amila Ishantha, Google Street View)

Padeniya Raja Maha Viharaya (Sinhala: පාදෙණිය රජමහා විහාරය) is a Buddhist temple situated in Padeniya in Kurunegala District, Sri Lanka.

The image house, Potgula (library) and preaching hall of Padeniya temple were constructed by Megastenne Adikaram during the reign of King Kirti Sri Rajasinha [(1747-1782 A.D.) De Silva & Chandrasekara, 2009]. Of them, the Potgula (library) building is considered one of the oldest structures in the temple (De Silva & Chandrasekara, 2009).

A protected site
The Potgula (library), image house and other ancient buildings located in the Padeniya Vihara premises situated in the Wariyapola Divisional Secretary’s Division are archaeological protected monuments, declared by three government gazette notifications published on 18 September 1964, 8 September 1967 and 7 September 1979.

1) De Silva, N.; Chandrasekara, D.P., 2009. Heritage Buildings of Sri Lanka. Colombo: The National Trust Sri Lanka, ISBN: 978-955-0093-01-4. pp.57,90,97, 
2) The Government gazette notification. No: 14172. 18 September 1964.
3) The Government gazette notification. No: 14765. 8 September 1967.
4) The Government gazette notification. No: 53. 7 September 1979.
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