Uda Aparekka Sepalikaramaya

Uda Aparekka Sepalikaramaya
Figure 1: Modern structures at Uda Aparekka Sepalikaramaya temple

Sepalikaramaya (Sinhala: උඩ අපරැක්ක සේපාලිකාරාමය) is a Buddhist temple situated in Uda Aparekka village in Matara District, Sri Lanka.

There is a small plot of land with a Bodhi tree (Ficus religiosa) near the temple premises surrounded by paddy fields and where a stone pillar containing a fragment of an inscription can be found (Vanarathana, 1994). The stone is carved with the figures of the sun and the moon and contains several unclear lines of writing probably belonging to the 10th century A.D. (Vanarathana, 1994). A grant made to a procession (an Attani-perehera-deemana) by a king-styled Abasalamevan Mapurmaka is said to have been mentioned in the record (Vanarathana, 1994). This king has not been identified.

During several excavations done within the temple premises, fragments of tiles and bricks have been unearthed (Vanarathana, 1994). It is said that some of these bricks contained the figures of swans belonging to the 15-16 centuries A.D. (Vanarathana, 1994). The temple also owns a land named Pinwatta where some traditional functions such as An-edeema, pol-geseema and Thovila are conducted since the past.

Uda Aparekka pillar inscription
1) Vanarathana, K., 1994. Matara Puravidyathmaka Ithihasaya (In Sinhala). ISBN: 955-9325-00-0. pp.162-163.
#) LankaPradeepa.com 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.

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