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 have been 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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