Kirinda Dalada Viharaya

Kirinda Dalada Viharaya
The conserved Stupa at Kirinda Dalada Viharaya (Photo credit: Anuradha Piyadasa, Google Street View)

Sri Dalada Viharaya (Sinhala: කිරින්ද ශ්‍රී දළදා විහාරය) is a Buddhist temple situated in Kirinda in Hambantota District, Sri Lanka.

The history of this site is obscure as it is not mentioned in any chronicle or epigraph. The present name indicates an unclear link between this temple and the Tooth Relic of Buddha. However, the remaining archaeological evidence proves that this site has a history running back to the Anuradhapura Period.

The site consists of a small brick-built Stupa and a few remains of ancient structures including Korawakgal and Siri Pathulgal.

A protected site
The ruined building, ancient Stupa and the premises 100 m from them situated in the land of Dalada  Vihara of Kirinda in the Grama Niladhari division No. 19 of Kirinda in the Divisional Secretary’s Division, Tissamaharama are archaeological protected monuments, declared by the government Gazette notification published on 16 September 2023.

1) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka; Extraordinary. No: 2349/42. 16 September 2023. p.2A.

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This page was last updated on 3 December 2023

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