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Rangiri Raja Maha Vehera (Ambalantota)

Rangiri Raja Maha Vehera
Rangiri Raja Maha Vehera (Sinhala: අම්බලන්තොට රංගිරි රජමහ වෙහෙර) is a Buddhist temple situated on the eastern bank of the Walawe Ganga River near the Ambalantota Police Station in Hambantota District, Sri Lanka.

Locals link the history of this temple to the reign of King Saddhatissa (137-119 B.C.) of Anuradhapura. It is said that this area provided Ran (gold) to the kings who ruled the Rohana Principality in the past. The stone pillars scattered throughout the temple premises indicate that some of the ancient structures had been constructed as Tempita buildings (buildings on pillars). The broken parts of Buddha and Bodhisattva statues on the premises reveal the different stages of development of the temple.

The Pinthaliya (old stone water container ) presently preserved in the temple is marked with the year 1854 and several names in English and Sinhala such as D. D. S. Ratnaike Modeliar and ...Wickeramsinghe Mahavidana. It has been placed to hold water to quench the thirst of tired people who came to the temple. The belfry of the temple was constructed on 7 April 1930 (2474 B.E.) by a devotee named B. M. Hendrick Appu.

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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 29 December 2023

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