Newakada Selgiri Viharaya

Newakada Selgiri Viharaya
Newakada Selgiri Viharaya, also known as Newakada Shailagiri Temple (Sinhala: නැවකඩ සෙල්ගිරි විහාරය), is a Buddhist temple located at the western edge of Newakada Wewa tank in Udubaddawa village in Kurunegala District, Sri Lanka. The ancient Bunnehepola Raja Maha Viharaya is situated 1.3 km southeast of the temple. The site is popular among devotees due to the stone-carved large standing Buddha statue in the temple premises.

The stone-cut Buddha statue is 17 m (56 ft) in height and is considered one of the tallest statues of its kind in the country. It was created following an idea of the Buddhist monk Alankulame Premasiri Thera. The construction works of the statue started on 24 September 2010 with the presence of the then Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne (b.1931-d.2019) and the completed statue was unveiled on 18 March 2019 by the then Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena (office: 2015-2019).

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#) 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.

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This page was last updated on 2 November 2023
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