Shailakutarama Gallen Viharaya

Shailakutarama Gallen Viharaya
Shailakutarama Purana Gallen Viharaya (Sinhala: බද්දේගම ශෛලකූඨාරාම පුරාණ ගල්ලෙන් විහාරය) is a Buddhist temple situated in Baddegama village in Galle District, Sri Lanka.

The temple premises can be reached by climbing up a granite flight of steps from the road. The ancient cave temple which is located at the bottom of the large rock boulder is a drip-ledged cave and it accommodates a large reclining statue of Buddha. The interior of the cave is filled with murals depicting Buddhist themes. The Stupa of the temple is located on the top of the rock boulder forming this cave temple. A granite slab engraved with the year 2483 B.E. (1939 A.D.) is found within the temple premises.

A protected site
The cave temple with drip-ledges and ancient Dagoba belonging to Gonapenuwala Sri Shailakutarama Purana Gallen Vihara in Waulagala Grama Niladhari Division in the Divisional  Secretariat Division of Baddegama are archaeological protected monuments, declared by a government gazette notification published on 6 July 2007.

1) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, no: 1505. 6 July 2007. p.549.

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This page was last updated on 27 December 2023

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