Friday, 20 January 2023

Sapumalgaskada Buddhist Monastery

Sapumalgaskada Buddhist Monastery
Sapumalgaskada Buddhist Monastery (Photo credit: Nuwan Jude Liyanage, Google Street View)

Sapumalgaskada Archaeological Site (Sinhala: සපුමල්ගස්කඩ පුරාවිද්‍යා ස්ථානය) is situated in the dense woods of Periyakattikulam forest near Bogaswewa village in Vavunia District, Sri Lanka.

The site consists of the ruins of an ancient Buddhist monastery belonging to the Anuradhapura Period. Extending in an area of about 15 acres, the monastic ruins indicate that it was one of the temples of the Pabbatarama style which were popular during the middle part of the Anuradhapura era. However, there is no historical mention of this temple in any chronicle or inscription.

The preserved brick Stupa at the site indicates that it is probably a work of the 1st-3rd century A.D. The Pathimaghara (image house), Uposathaghara (chapter house) and Bodhighara (Bo tree house) are the other ruined structures that have been identified at the site. Some of the artefacts including an image of Bodhisattva that were unearthed from this site have been presently preserved in the Vavuniya Archaeological Museum.

The conservation work of the site was begun with the support of the Department of Archaeology as a result of efforts made by a Buddhist monk named Galigamuwe Santhabodhi Thera who came and settled at the site in 2019 amidst the protest of local Tamil politicians.

1) Paranavitana, S., 1970. Inscriptions of Ceylon: Volume I: Early Brahmi Inscriptions. Department of Archaeology Ceylon. pp.27-28.

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