Girisiri Darshanarama Purana Tampita Viharaya (Batuwita Viharaya) – ගිරිසිරි දර්ශනාරාම පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය (බටුවිට විහාරය)

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Girisiri Darshanarama Purana Tampita Viharaya (Batuwita Viharaya)

Girisiri Darshanarama Purana Tampita Viharaya (Batuwita Viharaya)
Photo by : Viraj Chathu

Batuwita is a small village between Urapola and Amirthigala in  Kirindiwela in the Gampaha District. Hidden away in Batuwita lies an ancient Tampita Viharaya in  Girisiri Darshanarama Purana Tampita Viharaya also known as Batuwita Viharaya.

Tampita Viharaya (Temple on Pillars) is a structure built on a wooden platform which rests on number of stone stumps usually 3-4 feet tall. The roof is held by a structure built of timber and the walls are generally made of wattle and daub and the inner walls are generally covered with frescoes drawn mainly in Kandyan style.

This Tampita Viharaya has been built by Deva Pathiraja Senivi during the reign of king Parakramabahu II (1244 -1279) of Dambadeniya kingdom. Deva Pathiraja was a trusted and a powerful minister of king Parakramabahu II who had contributed immensely t0 develop the Buddhist  temples in the western and the southern region.

The Tampita Viharaya considerably small and is built on 8 stone stumps.  A half height wall around the structure creates a narrow varandha surrounding the image house. A simple painting of two god figures at the temple decorates the entrance to the inner chamber. The inner chamber is decorated with paintings belonging to Kandyan era.

In addition the tampita pilima ge, the preaching hall of this temple is over 100 years old. Even the living quarters of the priests is also quite old. The Bo Tree too is also many hundreds of years old and some of the horizontal trunks are supported by pseudo trunks created by massive aerial roots.

This temple is under the protection of the Archaeology department. During restoration and preservation of the site, archaeologists have also discovered an ancient ditch filled with water probably built to protect the temple from wild animals.

 

 

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Travel directions from Colombo to Girisiri Darshanarama Purana Tampita Viharaya (Batuwita Viharaya)

Distance : 54 km
Travel time : 1 hour 45 mins
Time to spend : 30-45 mins
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