Wellodaya Ubesekararamaya

Sri Ubesekararamaya is a Buddhist temple situated in Wellodaya village near Rekawa. It was constructed as the village temple in the 19th century.
Wellodaya Ubayasekararamaya
The image house of Wellodaya Ubayasekararamaya

Sri Ubesekararamaya (Sinhala: වැල්ලෝඩය ශ්‍රී උබේසේකරාරාමය) is a Buddhist temple situated in Wellodaya village near Rekawa in Hambantota District, Sri Lanka.


The temple is said to have been established during the Buddhist revival in the coastal areas in the 19th century (Abeyawardana, 2004)). The image house or the Buddha shrine of the temple preserves sculptures and paintings dating from the 19th century (Abeyawardana, 2004). The paintings reflect the art style of the Kandyan Period as well as the influence of British culture (Abeyawardana, 2004). A large square-shaped pillar containing a niche on its front side is found in the centre of the image house building. The pillar rises upward and ends with a small Stupa built above the roof level displaying an architectural style dating back to the early part of the 19th century (Abeyawardana, 2004). A Buddha statue accompanied on either side by two figures of Sariputta (left) and Moggallana (right), the chief disciples of Gautama Buddha is found inside the niche.

Wellodaya Ubayasekararamaya
Murals in the image house
Wellodaya Ubayasekararamaya
The image house of Wellodaya Ubayasekararamaya

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1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Ruhuna: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. ISBN: 955-575-073-4. p.104.

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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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