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Ridikanda Viharaya (Gomarankadawala)

Ridikanda Viharaya
Ridikanda Raja Maha Viharaya (Sinhala: රිදීකන්ද රජමහා විහාරය) is a Buddhist temple situated near Gomarankadawala town in Trincomalee District, Sri Lanka.

As the presence of drip-ledged caves containing Brahmi Inscriptions, the history of this site runs back to the early part of the Anuradhapura Period

The site
The site consists of a two-tiered terrace at the western foot of a small mountain located about 5 km north in direct distance from Mahadivulwewa. A Stupa has been constructed on the bottom tier and another Stupa and a ruined image house are found on the top tier (Haramoto et al., 2015). The Stupa at the bottom tier stands on a large square platform erected slightly toward the north side of the vertically long terrace in the north-south direction (Haramoto et al., 2015). The Stupa at the upper tier stands on a round foundation and the ruins of an image house and a pedestal that is thought to have ensconced a seated Buddha image are found to the north of it (Haramoto et al., 2015). The image house has its main entrance on the east side, and Sandakada Pahana on the floor of the entrance. 

A retaining wall made of brick encloses the ruined site.

1) Haramoto, T.; Inouchi, C.; Koizumi, Y.; Fukuyama, Y., 2015. Survey Report on the Protection and Utilisation of Cultural Property in the Northern and Northeastern Provinces of Sri Lanka. Japan Consortium for International Cooperation in Cultural Heritage. pp.56-57.

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This page was last updated on 25 April 2023

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