Weheragoda Stupa (Warakagoda)

Weheragoda Stupa
The Veheragoda Stupa Archaeological Site (Sinhala: වරකාගොඩ වෙහෙරගොඩ ස්තූප පුරාවිද්‍යා ස්ථානය) is situated in Warakagoda village in Kalutara District, Sri Lanka.

The site consists of a small Stupa now restored by the Department of Archaeology. The Stupa is believed to be part of the ancient Ganeuda Purana Viharaya which is located about 750 m southeast of of the site. It has been built on an elevated square-shaped platform bounded by uncarved stone blocks.  As the bricks used for the Stupa are similar to those used in constructions of the Polonnaruwa Period, this is also considered to be a construction belonging to that period. It is mentioned in local sources that King Manabharana constructed a palace in this area in the 12th century A.D. (Abeywardana, 2002).

A protected site
The ancient Chaitya (Stupa) in the Warakagoda Weheragodellawatta site in the Grama Niladhari Division No. 816-Warakagoda West, in the Madurawala Divisional Secretary’s Division is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government Gazette notification published on 6 June 2008.

#) LankaPradeepa.com extends its gratitude to Lalith Kekulthotuwage for providing the necessary photographs required for this article. All the photos are published here with the permission of the author.

1) Abeywardana, H.A.P., 2002. Heritage of Sabaragamuwa - Major Natural, Cultural and Historic Sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka, pp.111-112.
2) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. No: 1553. 6 June 2008. p.533.

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