Korossa Raja Maha Viharaya

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

The history of this temple goes back to the Anuradhapura Period as evidenced by the inscriptions and artefacts such as the Siri Pathul Gala (Mendis et al., 2019). A number of inscriptions of the Vaharala type have been discovered from the site (Mendis et al., 2019). Of them, one is considered special as there is a figure of a dog inscribed beside the inscription (Mendis et al., 2019). 

The cave temple of Korossa Viharaya shows architectural features of the Kandyan Period (Mendis et al., 2019). It is said to have been constructed in 2306 B.E. (1762 A.D.) by King Kirti Sri Rajasinha (1747-1782 A.D.) as a tribute to Biso Bandara Swamin.

1) Mendis, D.T.; Wijepala, W.M.T.B.; Harshajith, D.M.N., 2019. දැදුරු ඔය සහ මී ඔය අතර කලාපයේ පුරාවිද්‍යාත්මක ස්ථාන පිළිබඳ මූලික විමර්ශනයක්. මධ්‍ය දැදුරු ඔය හා මී ඔය නිම්නයේ ජනාවාස පුරාවිද්‍යාව. Research and Publication Fund, Rajarata University Of Sri Lanka. ISBN: 978-955-0189-14-1.pp.33-103.

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