Attanayala Viharaya (Weeraketiya)

Attanayala Viharaya
Figure 1: The Stupa and the image house at Attanayala Viharaya

Aththanayala Sri Viharaya (Sinhala: අත්තනයාල ශ්‍රී විහාරය) is a Buddhist temple situated in Attanayala village near Weeraketiya town in Hambantota District, Sri Lanka.

The history of this site is obscure. An old pond, several pillar hole marks and fragments of tiles are found scattered on the ground near the Bodhi tree of the temple. The entrance door to the inner chamber of the image house is marked with the date 2436 B.E. which corresponds to 1893 A.D. The old wooden furniture placed in front of the main seated statue of the image house is inscribed with the date 2449 B.E. (1906 A.D.).

A protected site
The ancient Buddha shrine, Dhamma discourse hall and the Dagoba within the precincts of the Attanayala Sri Vihara, situated within the Grama Niladhari Division of Attanayala East in Angunukolapelassa Divisional Secretary Division are archaeological protected monuments, declared by the government Gazette notifications published on 6 June 2008.  

Attanayala Viharaya
Figure 2: The murals depicting a coconut flower, a Bodhisattva, an Arhat and deities

Attanayala Viharaya
Figure 3: The seated Buddha statue in the image house

#) extends its gratitude to V. M. Vidanapathirana for providing the necessary photographs required for this article. All the photos are published here with the permission of the author.

1) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. No: 1553. 6 June 2008. p.522

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