Kapugampotha Purana Viharaya

Kapugampotha Viharaya

Kapugampotha Purana Raja Maha Viharaya (Sinhala: කපුගම්පොත පුරාණ රජමහා විහාරය) is a Buddhist temple situated in Kapugampotha village in Mandaduwa Gramasewa Division in Weeraketiya in Hambantota District, Sri Lanka.


According to local belief, this temple has its roots running back to the time of King Saddhatissa (137-119 B.C.) of Anuradhapura. The dilapidated Stupa on the temple premises is overgrown by a giant Bo tree (Ficus religiosa) forming a natural barrier to the conservation process of the ancient monument. The dimensions of the bricks used to build the Stupa are similar to those found in other ancient Stupas in the country. Also, the ruins of an ancient structure, probably a Tempita building (a building on pillars) have been discovered on the temple premises. 

A stone used to mark the boundary of the Chapter House of the temple is engraved with the date 2463 B.E (1919 A.D.).

Kapugampoth Viharaya Kapugampotha Viharaya


#) 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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This page was last updated on 23 February 2024
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