Mullegama Mulgirigala Viharaya

Not to be confused with Mulkirigala Viharaya

Mullegama Mulgirigala Viharaya
Mulgirigala Viharaya (Sinhala: මුල්ලේගම මුල්ගිරිගල විහාරය) is a Buddhist temple situated in Mullegala near Nawagattegama town in Puttalam District, Sri Lanka.

As the presence of several Early Brahmi Inscriptions, the history of the Mullegama temple can be dated back to pre-Christian times. Six early Brahmi inscriptions and one later Brahmi inscription that were discovered at the site were copied and published in 1970 by the renowned archaeologist S. Paranavithana (Paranavitana, 1970). Among them, one inscription contains a few non-Brahmi symbols (Paranavitana, 1970).

Mullegama cave inscription
Period: 3rd century B.C.-1st century A.D.                  Script: Early Brahmi                  Language: Old Sinhala
Transcript: Bata-Sivabuti ca parumaka-[Su]managutaha ca shadaya lene
Translation: The cave is a co-donation of Lord Sivabhuti and of Chief Sumanagutta.
Citation: Paranavitana, 1970. p.84.

1) Paranavitana, S., 1970. Inscriptions of Ceylon: Volume I: Early Brahmi Inscriptions. Department of Archaeology Ceylon. pp.84,100.

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