Jayasumanarama Viharaya (Palathuduwa)

Palathuduwa Viharaya

Jayasumanarama Viharaya (Sinhala: පලතුඩුව ජයසුමනාරාම විහාරය) is a Buddhist temple situated in Palathuduwa village near Tangalle in Hambantota District, Sri Lanka.

The Buddha Shrine

The Buddha shrine, preaching hall, monks' dwelling and the Chapter House building at Palathuduwa temple are considered old monuments of archaeological value. Of them, the Buddha shrine preserves a valuable collection of sculptures and murals following the art tradition of the Kandyan Period. The stone door frame at the entrance of the shrine is engraved with the year 2446 B.E. (1902 A.D.).

The Buddha shrine consists of two sections, the inner shrine and the ambulatory around it. A seated Buddha statue accompanied by other sculptures is found inside the inner shrine. The walls of the inner shrine and the ambulatory are filled with murals depicting scenes of the life of the Buddha as well as Jataka tales. Standing statues of previous 24 Buddhas are sculpted on the outer walls of the inner shrine.

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#) 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 25 February 2024
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