Habarana Tampita Rajamaha Viharaya – හබරණ ටැම්පිට රජමහා විහාරය

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Habarana Tampita Rajamaha Viharaya

Habarana Tampita Rajamaha Viharaya
Photo by : Paneetha Seneviratne

Habarana Tampita Rajamaha Viharaya lies just off Habarana Junction towards Maradankadawala.  This is a neatly maintained small temple with few buildings. The moonstones and broken stone pillars  scattered around the temple reveal a hidden history thousands of years of its existence.

One of the buildings of this temple is a small Tampita Viharaya built during the Kandyan era conserved by the Department of Archaeology. A Tampita Viharaya 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.

According to folklore it is said that the funeral of king Kashyapa’s funeral was held at this temple after committing suicide with the defeat to his brother Mugalan in  this area. It is also said that the ruins of the stupa at the top of the rock near the temple is in fact the tomb of Kashyapa although some historians believe that  the lower stupa  of Pidurangla as this tomb.

A small footpath from the temple leads to the Habarana Reservoir bund.

 

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Traveling to Habarana Tampita Rajamaha Viharaya

Route from Habarana to Habarana Tampita Rajamaha Viharaya

Distance : 850 meters
Travel time : 2 mins
Time to spend : 45 mins
Driving directions : see on google map

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