Pussadeva Viharaya

Pussadeva Raja Maha Viharaya (Sinhala: ඵුස්සදේව රජමහා විහාරය) is a Buddhist temple situated in Koholankala in Hambantota District, Sri Lanka.

Locals link the history of this temple to Phussadeva, one of the ten paladins of King Dutugemunu (161-137 B.C.). As mentioned in the chronicle Mahavamsa, Phussadeva was a warrior who is skilled in chank-blowing and archery (Collins, 1932). He is said to have come from the village Gavita, near Cittalapabbata in Hambantota.

1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Ruhuna: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. ISBN: 955-575-073-4. p.105.
2) Collins, C.H., 1932. The archaeology of the Sabaragamuwa Bintenna. Journal of the Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, Vol. XXXII, No 85. p.173-175.

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