Kalutara Nigrodharama Viharaya

Nigrodharama Viharaya (Sinhala: උතුරු කළුතර නිග්‍රෝධාරාම විහාරය) is a Buddhist temple situated in Deshasthra village in Kalutara-North, Sri Lanka.

According to locals, the history of Nigrodharama Viharaya goes back more than 200 years. The existing architecture of the image house indicates that it was constructed during the 19th century. The paintings of the image house show features of the Kandyan style and have been retouched a few times. However, the paintings on the upper walls and ceiling have not been retouched or altered.

The preaching hall and the monks' dwelling building were constructed in 1917 and 1950 respectively.

A protected site
The portion with ancient frescoes in the Buddha shrine of the Nigrodharama Vihara precincts in the Grama Niladhari Division No. 717-D-Kalutara North, in the Kalutara Divisional Secretary’s Division is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government gazette notification published on 6 June 2008.

1) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. No: 1553. 6 June 2008. p.533.

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This page was last updated on 12 March 2023
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