Tampita Vihara Heritage of Sri Lanka – ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාර​

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Kanugala Sri Pushparama Tampita Viharaya

Kanugala Sri Pushparama Tampita Viharaya

Tampita Viharaya (Temple on Pillars, Devapita Viharaya, Devamatha Viharaya)  is a distinctly unique type of image house found in some Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. Although there are some proof  older structures these buildings were a popular aspect of many Buddhist temples during the 17th-19th centuries. There are more than two hundred Tempita Viharas have been identified in Sri Lanka to date. Most of the shrines are found in North Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Western provinces.

A Tampita Viharaya is 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. Generally you would find Buddha statues and statues of deities made of timber or limestone inside.  The inner walls are completely painted in frescos using sceneries from Jataka stories or Buddhas life.

Although such structures were built as Buddhist image houses, later the same structures has been built and Devales to worship various daites.

The basic structure of the Tampita Viharaya has also evolved in to various forms over time with tampita viharaya being built on a very high pillars with a ground floor being used as a Banamaduwa or Digge being connected to the viharaya.

NoNameLocationProvinceDistrictNotes
001Aluthdivulwewa Purana Tampita Viharayapossible locationNorth CentralAnuradhapuraThis temple is listed in the "Sri Lankawe Tampita Vihara" book by Kusumsiri Wijayawardhana. No further information is available. 
002Ambareli Tampita Rajamaha ViharayayesNorth CentralAnuradhapuraSaid to be the tallest Tampita Viharaya in the country
003Habarana Purana Tampita Rajamaha Viharaya YesNorth CentralAnuradhapuraLies 600 meters on the Maradankadawala Road from Habarana Junction.
004Koranaka Sandagala Tampita Viharaya, KorasagallaYesNorth CentralAnuradhapuraKorasagalla is an ancient village on the Thalawa road few kilometers away from Kakirawa.
005Mahadivulwewa Ancient Tampita ViharayaYesNorth CentralAnuradhapuraA rather neglected Tampita Viharaya hidden away deep in the remote Mahadivulwewa in the vicinity of Mahadivulwewa Reservoir
006Mahakumbukgollewa Sri Dalada Viharaya, MedawachchiyaYesNorth CentralAnuradhapuraMahakumbukgollewa is an ancient village between Medawachchiya and Vavuniya.
007Manankattiya Sri Sudarshanarama Tampita Rajamaha ViharayayesNorth CentralAnuradhapuraA dilapidated Tampita Viharaya begging for attention in an isolated village in the Galenbindunuwewa area.
008Namalpura Sri Vishuddharama Tampita Viharaya (Madawala Tampita Viharaya)YesNorth CentralAnuradhapuraAn ancient temple with a Tampita Viharaya belonging to Kandyan Era under protection of Department of Archaeology in the remote village of Namalpura
009Navodagama Archaeological ReserveYesNorth CentralAnuradhapuraRuins of an ancient Tampita Viharaya. Only granite pillars exists.
010Oyamaduwa Archaeological ReserveYesNorth CentralAnuradhapuraRuins of an ancient Tampita Viharaya. Only granite pillars exists.
011Rambewa Kadahatha Tampita ViharayaApproximateNorth CentralAnuradhapuraSituated within the Grama Niladhari Division Diviya Udabandawewa Thulana, in Rambewa Divisional Secretary Division.
012Sri Wanasinhe Rajamaha Viharaya, GalkiriyagamaYesNorth CentralAnuradhapuraThe Department of Archaeology had declared the drip-ledged caves, old Stupa and Tampita Vihara (on stone piles) buildings as protected monuments in 2011
013Sujatharama Viharaya, PuhulewewaNoNorth CentralAnuradhapuraThe Tampita Viharaya and the ancient stone pathway wall in Horowpothana Divisional Secretary Division has been declared as protected monuments in 2011
014Veheragala Siri Sangabo Rajamaha ViharayayesNorth CentralAnuradhapuraThe Department of Archaeology has conserved number of ruins at the site including an ancient stupa and an pillar inscription.
015Weragama Purana Tampita Rajamaha Viharaya (Diya Bubule Pansala)yesNorth CentralAnuradhapuraAccording to legend, this temple has been built during the time of Mihindu Maha Rahath Thero and has been renovated by 4 kings of different eras.
016Mabotuwana Sri Sumanarama Purana Wilgamu Rajamaha ViharayayesSouthernGalleThe only known Tampita Viharaya in Galle district. Well maintained.
017Anuragoda Sri Sumangalarama Purana Tampita ViharayaYesWesternGampahaBetter known as Anuragoda Tampita Viharaya, this structure has been renovated in 1990 losing most of its original antiquity.
018Atupothdeniya Pothgul Rajamaha ViharayaYesWesternGampahaAccording to folklore this temple has been in existence since the period of king Walagamba (89-77 BC).
019Ganewatta Purana Bodhimalu Tampita ViharayaYesWesternGampahaA Tampita Viharaya been built on  9 granite stumps with wooden steps at the entrance. The roof is tiled with with flat clay times, a common architectural feature of buildings of Kandyan Era. A small mandapa has been built in front of the building and connected at the roof.
020Girisiri Darshanarama Purana Tampita Viharaya, BauwiitaYesWesternGampahaA Tampita Viharaya built by Deva Pathiraja Senevi during the reign of king Parakramabahu II (1244 -1279) of Dambadeniya kingdom.
021Keragala Padmavathi Rajamaha ViharayaYesWesternGampahaOne of the most popular seat of learning of the ancient Kotte Kingdom.  Establishment of the temple is attributed to king Vijayabahu IV (1270-1272) of Dambadeniya kingdom. Only the pillars remain today.
022Kshethrarama Purana Tampita Viharaya, HapuwalanaYesWesternGampahaThis Tampita Viharaya has been built in the 1800’s and lies facing a paddy field.
023Mahalloluwa Sri Saddharmarama Purana Tampita ViharayaYesWesternGampahaThis Tampita Viharaya is unique in two ways. This structure is built on large pillars built out of a mixture of Kabok and granite rocks instead of granite or wooden pillars. Mahalloluwa is also the only Tampita Viharaya where a reclining Buddha statue can be found. 
024Metikotamulla Sadharma Thilakarama Purana ViharayaYesWesternGampahaAn ancient Tampita Viharaya hidden away away in Gampaha district which also has been declared as a protected archaeological monument.
025Mirigama Purana Tampita ViharayaYesWesternGampahaOnly source of information is Google Maps. No photos exists. Needs further confirmation. GPS location is at 7.2510541, 80.136981.
026Mottunna Sri Kireetaramaya Purana Tampita ViharayaYesWesternGampahaThis is considered one of the best preserved and maintained Tampita Viharaya in the Gampaha District. The structure is built on 16 granite stumps. A circumambulating path is built around the inner chamber with a wooden handrail.
027Raddalgoda Sri Jinendrarama Purana Tampita ViharayayesWesternGampahaThis Tampita Viharaya is built on nine granite stumps of about 3 feet in height. The structure is 8 feet 6 inches long and 6 feet 8 inches wide. A 1 feet 6 inch wide circumambulating path goes around the inner chamber.
028Samanabedda Rajamaha Viharaya, HanwellaYesWesternGampahaThe Tampita Viharaya has been completely demolished in a renovation carried out in 1920. GPS location 6.914988, 80.073936
029Thotewatta Patthini Devalaya, Madurupitiya, MirigamaNoWesternGampahaTampita Vihara structure of this Devalaya has been declared as an protected archaeological monument by the gazette dated 22 November 2002. No further information available.
030Wandurupitiya Ketewaththa Sathpaththini Tampita Devalayapossible
location
WesternGampahaAn ancient Tampita Pattini Devalaya hidden away away in Gampaha district which also has been declared as a protected archaeological monument.
031Warapalana Sri Jinendrarama Tampita ViharayaYesWesternGampahaThis Tampita Viharaya is built on 25 granite stumps of about 3 feet in height. The roof is tiled with Sinhala Ulu. The structure is 19'x15'3" in size. A 3'10" high short wall is built around the structure.
032Yatawatta Purana Tampita ViharayaNoWesternGampahaThis  Tampita Viharaya is built on 30 granite stumps of 4 feet in height. The viharaya is 20 feet long and 16 feet wide. There is a 2 feet 6 inch wide circumambulating path built around the chamber.
033Hakuruwela Peellawela Purana Rajamaha ViharayayesSouthernHambantotaThe temple can be dated back to the perod of 2-3 rd century BC. A Tampita Viharaya built during the Kandyan era can be found at this temple.
034Hathagala Purana Tampita ViharayayesSouthernHambantotaMuch of history of this temple is lost in time, but the temple has received royal patronage of king Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe (1747 – 1781) of Kandyan kingdom. The Tampita Viharaya in the temple has been built by Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe and a large bronze statue of Buddha gifted by the king is still in possession of the temple.
035Weeraketiya Seegala Purana Tampita ViharayayesSouthernHambantotaThe Tampita viharaya within this temple was declared as a protected archaeological monument by the gazette dated 6th June 2008.
036Kekunadola Rajamaha Viharaya (Prathiraja Pirivena)YesWesternKalutarabuilt during the reign of king Parakramabahu VI (1411-1463) by Sri Wardhana Prathiraja senevi after bringing Jaffna under Kotte kingdom.
037Arattana Minimarupitiya Tampita Viharayaapproximate locationCentralKandyViharaya is built on six stone stumps of 2 feet in height. Lies about 1 km from Daulugala Ambalama junction on the Eladetta Road.
038Danthure Rajamaha ViharayayesCentralKandyA two storied Tampita Vihara. The ground floor is used as the "Bana Maduwa" or a preaching hall.Musicians and dancers are sculptured on the four pillars at the centre of the hall.
039Doragamuwa Shylapabbatharama Tampita ViharayayesCentralKandyA two storied Tampita Viharaya. Ground floor is a preaching hall. The Tampita Viharaya is built on 9 tall rock pillars. A wooden flight of steps on one side of the preaching hall takes you to upper floor.
040Dunkumbura Rajamaha Viharaya (Dunkumbura Tampita Viharaya)yesCentralKandyA Tampita Viharaya built around 1830-1840 hidden away in Thumpane. This is built on 25 granite pillars with a front porch and a Mandapa in front.
041Gampola Kadiresan Kovilnot knownCentralKandyLocated in Gampola town. The Tampita structure of the Kovil was declared as a protected archaeological monument by the gazette dated 9th September 2011
042Gondeniya Purana Tampita Viharayaapproximate areaCentralKandyA tampita viharaya surrounded by a larger hall. Built on 8 short granite stumps. Some of the older paintings have been replaced with new drawings.
043Kalotuwawa Purana Tampita ViharayayesCentralKandyThe tampita viharaya is built on a rock plain on top of 13 rock pillar stumps of about 3 feet in height. The door frame is decorated withe various wood carvings. At the top you will find a painting of "Panch Nari Getaya" (a design of five interlocked women) at the center with creeper designs. Painting of "Narilatha Flower" with female face at the center.
044Kumbaloluwa Tampita Viharayaapproximate areaCentralKandyKumbaloluwa Tampita Viharaya lies in the Viharagama area in Gamhatha in Kandy district.
045Malagammana Rajamaha viharayayesCentralKandyThe Tampita Viharaya at this temple was destroyed by the British forces in 1818. What you see today is the new temple built thereafter. GPS location 7.325055, 80.584784
046Medawala Rajamaha ViharayayesCentralKandyThe oldest Tampita Viharaya in existence. Built during king Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe in 1755.
047Minigamuwa Purana Tampita ViharayayesCentralKandyThis temple has been built during the reign of king Wimaladarmasuriya (1592 – 1604) for a priest called Buddhagammana thero. The Tampita Viharaya of the temple has been built by one of his students, Attadassi Thero.
048Minimarupitiya Tampita Viharayaapproximate areaCentralKandylies at a place called Minimarupitiya in Eladetta about seven miles from Kandy on the road to Dalugala.
049Muruddeniya Kandapita Purana Tampita ViharayaPossible locationCentralKandyLocated in Muruddeniya in Hatharaliyadda. This structure was declared as a protected archaeological monument by the gazette dated 22 November 2002.
050Sivurupitiya Bodhirukkarama ViharayanoCentralKandyThis Tampita Viharaya lies in Sivurupitiya in the Hatharaliyedda Divisional Secretary's Division. Was named as a protected archaeological monument by the gazette dated 8 July 2005.
051Suriyagoda Rajamaha ViharayayesCentralKandyThis Tampita Viharaya is built on nine wooden pillars on which wooden cross beams run to support the shrine room.
052Udathalawinna Purana Bomalu Tampita ViharayayesCentralKandyLies less than 10 km away from Kandy in Udathalawinna
053Unambuwa Purana Tampita ViharayayesCentralKandyLies just 1 kilometer away from Gampola town in Unambuwa
054Weligodapola Sri Dharmarama Pirivena Tampita ViharayayesCentralKandyOne of the largest Tampita Vihara in Kandy district. The image house is 17 feet 7 inches long and 11 feet 9 inches wide. A 2 feet 5 inch circumambulating path is built around the image house. The front porch is 7 feet long. The whole Tampita Structure is 29 feet 3 inches long and 18 feet 3 inches wide.
055Weliwita Sri Sanghikarama Tampita ViharayayesCentralKandyThis Tampita Viharaya is built on 20 granite stumps of 2 feet 9 inches high. The viharaya is 14 feet 6 inches long and 9 feet wide. A 2 feet 6 inch circumambulating path is built around the image house with a timber railing.
056Alkegama Sri Jayawardanarama Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleAlkegama Sri Jayawardanarama Viharaya lies in the Makehelwala area between Mawanella and Kadugamuwa.
057Aluthnuwara Dedimunda Devalaya, MawanellayesSabaragamuwaKegalleA small Tampita Devalaya built on a wooden platform on a rock.
058Ambulugala Sri Danthapaya Tampita Rajamaha ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleThe Tampita Viharaya is built on 8 granite stumps rising 2 feet 8 inches above ground level. The image house is 9 feet long and 6 feet 6 inches wide.
059Arambegama Sri Sudassanarama Purana Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleLies in Pitiyegama in Rambukkana. Declared as a protected archaeological site in 22 November 2002.
060Asmadala Purana Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleUnfortunately the granite stumps of this Tampita Viharaya cannot be seen today since they have been buried in concrete, probably a attempt to keep the Tampita Viharaya intact after falling to despair.
061Atthanagoda Tampita Viharaya, MawanellayesSabaragamuwaKegalleDeclared as a protected archaeological site in 28 January 1977. Temple is located at GPS 7.235381, 80.401045
062Burunnewa Sri Nagarukkarama Tampita Viharaya, WarakapolayesSabaragamuwaKegalleAn ancient temple hidden away in middle of picturesque paddy fields between Ambepussa and Nelumdeniya.
063Devanagala Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalle
064Diyasunnatha Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe Tampita Rajamaha ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleA two storied Tampita Viharaya. The top floor is built on four 6'4" feet high timber pillars.
065Dodanthale Sri Seneviratnarama Purana Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleA large two storied Tampita Viharaya initially built with the intention of building a palace by Molligoda Adhikaram
066Eraminigammana Sri Susilarama Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleThe Tampita Viharaya at this temple is built on 20 granite stumps of about 2½ feet tall. There is a open  circumambulating path is built around the image house with no railing or protection. There is a Mandapa built in front of the temple. Both roofs are tiled with calicut tiles.
067Gammannagoda Sri Sudarshanarama Tampita Viharayaapproximate areaSabaragamuwaKegalleThe Tampita Viharaya is built on 15 granite stumps of about 2 feet tall. The wooden platform is built on large timber beams measuring 7 inches in height and 11 inches wide laid across the granite stumps.
068Gondiwala Purana Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleThe Tampita Viharaya at Gondiwala is built on six granite stumps of about 8 feet tall. The wooden platform is built on large timber beams laid across the granite stumps. The chamber of the Tampita Viharaya is 10 feet long.
069Hingula Tampita Rajamaha ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleThe Tampita Viharaya structure at Hingula is 20 feet long and 17 feet wide. The image chamber is 12 feet 6 inches long and 9 feet 6 inches wide. The whole structure is built on thirteen 6 feet high granite pillars.
070Jeewana Purana Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleAn ancient temple hidden away in middle of picturesque paddy fields in Devalegama area off Kegalle.
071Kadigamuwa Sri Nagawanarama Purana Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleOnly place where you would come across two tampita viharaya structures in a single temple. Both structures are well preserved.
072Kariyagama Purana Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleLies in Ussapitiya, 5 kilometers off Mawanella. The last conservation of the this Tampita Viharaya and the pillar base was carried out in 2010.
073Kempitikanda Sri Bodhirukkarama Purana Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleThe Tampita Viharaya is built on 8 granite stumps rising 2 feet 8 inches above ground level. The image house is 9 feet long and 6 feet 6 inches wide.
074Kiriyathanna Sri Sudarshanarama Tampita Rajamaha ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleThe image house on the Tampita Viharaya is 9 feet 7 inches long and 7 feet 6 inches wide. There is a circumambulating path around the image house protected by a wooden balustrade.
075Kivulpana Purana Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleLies in between Kegalle and Mawanella, just 2 kilometers off the Kandy road.
076Lewangama Purana Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleThe Tampita Viharaya at Lewangama is tiny compared to other such structures and is placed at the center of Bana Madua making it part of this structure.
077Lewke Tampita Viharaya at Lewke WalawwayesSabaragamuwaKegalleA Tampita Viharaya built by the second Lewke Dissawe next to his ancestral home
078Madiliya Purana Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleThe Tampita Viharaya lies between Aranayake and Hemmathagama.
079Makehelwala Keppetipola Sri Abayaraja Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleThis Tampita Viharaya is built on 21 granite pillars rising 7 feet from the ground. The image house is 20 feet 8 inches logng and 17 feet 10 inches wide. There is a 2 feet 6 inch wide circumambulating path going around the image house but the protective railing is missing.
080Makura Purana Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleThe Tampita Viharaya is built on 8 granite stumps rising 1 feet 10 inches off the ground level. The viharaya 11 feet long, 8 feet wide and about 7 feet in height.
081Maliyadda Sri Sudarshanarama Purana Tampita ViharayanoSabaragamuwaKegallelies off Mawanella on the Hemmathagama road. Location unknown. Video on the Tampita viharaya is here - https://youtu.be/o54CkukUZhk?t=28s
082Mangalagama Bodhimalakarama Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleThe structure is built on 2 feet 10 inch high 10 granite pillars. The image house is 16 feet 10 inches long and 10 feet 10 inches wide. Whole structure has been completely rebuilt in the 1960's.
083Mangedara Mahawatta Purana Tampita ViharayanoSabaragamuwaKegalleMangedara Tampita Viharaya was declared as an protected archaeological site in 22 November 2002. Mangedara lies just as you turn towards Kurunegala from Ambepussa. Exact location of the temple is unknown.
084Mannagoda Tempita Viharaya, MawanellanoSabaragamuwaKegallelocated in the Mawanella Divisional Secretary's Division. Was declared as a protected archaeological monument in 2nd November 1958.
085Mawela Malwathu Purana Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleLies hidden away just few hundred meters away from Ganethenna Junction on Kandy Road in Kegalle District.
086Medagama Siri Sunandarama Tampita ViharyayesSabaragamuwaKegalleListed in the Book Sri Lankawe Tampita Vihara by Kusumsiri Wijayawardhana. No further information available.
087Medagama Sri Nagarukkaramaya Purana Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleThis Tampita Viharaya is listed in the book” Sri Lankawe Tampita Vihara” by Kusumsiri Wijayawardhana. No further information is available.
088Medagoda Pattini DevalayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleBuilt by Sitawaka Rajasinghe (1581 – 1591) this structure is dedicated to deity Pattini
089Medagodella Sri Sumanaramaya Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleThe Tampita Viharaya at this temple is built on a natural rock plain. A 2 feet high platform has been constructed on the rock and 16 granite stumps with 1 foot 8 inches height have been placed on the platform to build the temple.
090Meepitiya Purana Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleThe Tampita Viharaya at this temple is is comparatively small and is built on a 4 feet high platform and 8 granite stumps with 1 foot height placed on the platform.
091Menikkadawara Tampita Rajamaha ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleThe Tampita Viharaya of the Menikkadawara Rajamaha Viharaya lies on 14 granite stumps.
092Minuwangamuwa Shailamasthakarama Purana Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleThis Tampita Viharaya has been built around 1886. This is built on 6 granite pillars of 3 feet 3 inches tall. The image house is 10 feet 6 inches long and 7 feet 9 inches wide.
093Moragammana Sri Mayurapada Purana Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleTemple consists of 2 tampita structures. A Tampita Viharaya and a Tampita Monk Residence.
094Muwapitiya Sri Sudharmarama Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleA small tampita viharaya standing on 13 stone pillars 3 feet above the ground. The pillars are erected on a platform 3 feet high.
095Nape Bodhirukkarama Purana Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleToday a pirivena temple. Only the ruins of the Tampita Viharaya are found.
096Nawagamuwa Purana Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleThe Tampita Viharaya lies quite close to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage,
097Nikapitiya Sangasela ViharayanoSabaragamuwaKegalleA destroyed Tampita Viharaya. Take Bulathkohupitiya road from Kegalle. Take Nikapitiya road for 1.5 km from Kiripattiya Junction (14.5 km)
098Nikawewa Nagarukkarama Purana Tampita Viharayaapproximate areaSabaragamuwaKegalleThis Tampita Viharaya was in dilapidated state until recently when the Department of Archaeology restored this structure to its original state.
099Nilwakka Sri Bodhirukkarama Purana Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleThe Tampita Viharaya is built on a wooden platform built on 6 granite stumps. A wooden balustrade is build around the image house on the platform.
100Parape Sri Vishuddarama Purana Tampita Viharayaapproximate locationSabaragamuwaKegalleA well maintained Tampita Viharaya in its original form. Built on 7 feet high granite pillars.
101Podape Purana Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleThe Tampita Viharaya lies between Aranayake and Bulathkohupitiya in the Kegalle.
102Polambegoda Sri Sudarshanarma Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleThis ancient Tampita Viharaya has been preserved in 1982 and lately in 2014.
103Randiligama purana Sidda Pathini Tampita DevalayanoSabaragamuwaKegalleRandiligama lies just passing Mediliya on Hemmathagama road. This was declared a protected archaeological site on June 6, 2008.
104Ranwala Purana Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleThe Tampita Viharaya is attributed to king Keerthi Sri Rajasinghe’s period (1747 – 1781) and retains the sculptures and paintings of the Kandyan period.
105Thalgaspitiya Deniyathanna Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleA Tampita Viharaya built on 20 granite pillars and was declared as a protected archaeology monument in 2005 by the gazette dated 8 July 2005.
106Thammita Sri Visuddharama ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleThe temple lies on the Sudugala - Arawpola road staring in Ussapitiya, 8 km away from Mawanella.
107Udanwita Sri Maliyadewa Arahantha Purana Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleThe Tampita Viharaya has been modernized and reconstructed thus losing all its ancient murals. The granite pillars on which the image house stood have been removed in the new building.
108Udugama Purana Rajamaha Vihara Tampita ViharayanoSabaragamuwaKegalledeclared as a protected archaeological monument in 1 November 1996. Lies in Rambukkana DS Division.
109Udumulla Heenatipone IsipathanaramayanoSabaragamuwaKegalleThis temple is listed in the "Sri Lankawe Tampita Vihara" book by Kusumsiri Wijayawardhana. No further information is available.
110Wakirigala Abeysundararama Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleA small Tampita Viharaya with a prominent mandapaya in front.
111Walpola Sri Wijayasundararama Tampita ViharayayesSabaragamuwaKegalleA tampita viharaya in good condition. Recently restored by Archaeology department.
112Wathura Kehelwatte Sri Sumanarama Tampita Viharayaapprox. areaSabaragamuwaKegalleKehelwatta lies 5km down Gevilipitiya road which starts from Hettimulla. This temple is listed in the "Sri Lankawe Tampita Vihara" book by Kusumsiri Wijayawardhana. No further information is available.
113Yatagama Sri Sunethrarama Purana Tampita Viharaya, Udadamaapprox. areaSabaragamuwaKegalleYatagama lies 4km off Rambukkana on the Rambukkana - Walgama Road. This temple is listed in the "Sri Lankawe Tampita Vihara" book by Kusumsiri Wijayawardhana. No further information is available.
114Inguruwaththa Purana Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThe Tampita Viharaya at the Inguruwaththa Purana Viharaya is built on 2 feet 4 inches high 8 granite stumps during the era of king Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe (1747 – 1781).
115Alawwa Paramaulla Purana Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThis Tampita Viharaya is comparatively small and is built on 6 granite pillar stumps.
116Avulegama Bayawa Tampita Rajamaha ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThe Tampita Viharaya at the Bayawa Rajamaha Viharaya has been restored by the archaeological department in 2012.
117Badagamuwa Thorayaya Ancient Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThe Tampita Viharaya has been built during the era of king Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe (1747 – 1781) with 3 floors.
118Bathalagoda Wewa Ruinsapprox. areaNorth WesternKurunegalaDagaboa mound and the remains belonging to Tempita viharaya situated above the boundary of Bathalagoda Wewa in Bamunumulla in the Panduwasnuwara DS division.
119Bibiladeniya Sri Maliyadeva Maha Pirivena Purana Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaLie on Marawila - Udubaddawa road, about 16 km from Marawila.
120Bihalpola Rajamaha ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThe Tampita Viharaya is built on 9 stone pillar stumps, 2 feet tall. The image house on the Tampita Viharaya is 13 feet in length and 9 feet 8 inches wide.
121Bingiriya Devagiri Rajamaha ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThe history of the temple dates back to about 3rd Century BC.The Tampita Viharaya at Bingiriya is the largest in the country. The whole structure is 34 feet long and 24 feet wide. The temple is built on 24 granite pillars 6 feet high.
122Budumuththawa Tampita Rajamaha ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaA 2 storied Tampita Viharaya with the pillars decorated with carved wooden pillar heads. Two pillars contain inscriptions dating back to 12th century.
123Bulnewa Tampita Rajamaha ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThe Tampita Viharaya at the Bulnewa Rajamaha Viharaya was declared as an protected archaeological site on 23rd January 2009 by gazette number 1586.
124Dalukgolla Sri Purwarama Rajamaha ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThe temple lies about 6 km from Nikaweratiya towards Yapahuwa on the B326 Road.
125Dambadeniya Galgamuwa Purana Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaA Tampita Viharaya built on 20 granite stumps. An granite Sandakada Pahana (moonstone) lies at the entrance to the structure.
126Dambadeniya Sri Wijayasundararama Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaA 3 storied Relic House for Dantha Dhathu built during Dambadeniya era converted to a two stored Tampita Viharaya towards late Kandyan kingdom.
127Dandagamuwa Sri Sudharmarama Purana Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThe Tampita Viharaya is built on 16 granite pillar stumps erected on a raised platform filled with gravel. A narrow circumambulating path is built around the image house with a wider space at the front.
128Deekirikewa Purana Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaBuilt on 10 granite pillars which are plastered and painted. There is a narrow circumambulating path is built around the image house.
129Dethawa Sri Mahamuni Purana Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaLie between Giriulla and Narammala. The Tampita Viharaya has been restored recently.
130Digampitiya Purana Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThe Tampita Viharaya at the Digampitiya Purana Viharaya was declared as an protected archaeological site in 2002.
131Dorabawila Sri Sugatharamaya Rajamaha ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaUnusually high Tampita Viharaya with the granite pillars rising for 5 feet on top of a 2 feet foundation.
132Edandawala Purana Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaA two storied Tampita Viharaya. The ancient statues and and the murals are still intact.
133Galayaya Sri Sudharamarama Purana Tampita ViharayanoNorth WesternKurunegalaThe Tampita Viharaya belonging to the Galayaya Sri Sudharamarama Purana Viharaya lies in Ihala Galayaya Grama Niladhari division, Pannala Divisional Secretary’s division. Was declared as a protected archaeological monument on 24 July 2009.
134Galayaya Sri Sumanarama Purana Tampita ViharayanoNorth WesternKurunegalaListed in the 'Sri Lankawe Tampita Vihara' by Kusumsiri Wijayawardhana. No further information available.
135Galgamuwa Tampitagoda Purana Tampita ViharayanoNorth WesternKurunegalaLies in Galgamuwa South Grama Niladhari Division in Alawwa DS Division. Gazetted as a protected monument in November 17, 2006 and again in 23rd February 2007.
136Gammana Bodhirukkarama Purana Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThe Tampita Viharaya at Gammana Bodhirukkarama Purana Viharaya was declared as a protected archaeological monument by the gazette dated 7th December 2001.
137Gammatha Sri Bodhirukkharama Puana Tampita ViharayanoNorth WesternKurunegalaLies in Polgahawela area. Was declared as a protected archaeological monument on 07th December 2001.
138Ganangamuwa Sri Purvaramaya Purana Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaBuilt during the Kandyan era and was declared as an protected archaeological monument by the gazette issued on 24th July 2009.
139Hindagahawewa Wedaungala Purana Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaLies 11 km from Panduwasnuwara. Part of the historical significance of this structure has been lost due to some restorations in the recent past.
140Hindhawa Sri Wijesundararamaya Purana Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThe temple lies 7 km off Wariyapola in the Bamunakotuwa area.
141Hiripathwella Mayurawathi Sri Bodhirajarama Purana Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThe Tampita Viharaya was declared as an protected archaeological monument by the Department Archaeology in 2009.
142Hulugalla Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThe Tampita Viharaya of the Hulugalla temple is a wooden structure built on 16 granite pillars.
143Indulgoda Sri Pushparamaya Tampita Rajamaha ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThe Tampita Viharaya at Indulgoda Sri Pushparamaya Rajamaha Viharaya was declared as a protected archaeological monument on the gazette dated 7th December 2001.
144Kadawalagedara Sulugulu Tampita Rajamaha ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThe Tampita Viharaya is built on rather tall granite pillars, about 5 feet high. Both inner and the outer walls of the image house are covered with murals.
145Kahatawilagedara Swarnaprathibimbaramaya Purana Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThis Tampita Viharaya was declared as an Protected Archaeological Site by the government by the gazette dated 24th July 2009. No further information is available.
146Kalavana Sri Sugatharama Purana Tampita ViharayanoNorth WesternKurunegalaDeclared as an protected monument in December 07, 2001. - gazette notification - The ancient Tampita Vihara situated within the premises of Sri Sugatharama Vihara in the village of Kalavana of the Divisional Secretary’s Division of Polgahawela of Kurunegala District in the North Western Province
147Kaluhendiwela Mayurawathi Tampita Rajamaha ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaA small Tampita Viharaya built on 8 granite stups. Was declared as a protected archaeological monument on 7th December 2001.
148Kalundawa Sri Sudharmarama Tampita Rajamaha ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaKalundawa is the village that king Parakramabahu II spent his childhood in hiding. The Tampita Viharaya seems have been renovated losing its antiquity.
149Kanugala Sri Pushparama Purana Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalahe Tampita Viharaya is built on a wooden platform on six large granite stumps.
150Katupitiya Sri Nagarukkaramaya Purana Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThe Tampita Viharaya at Gammana Bodhirukkarama Purana Viharaya was declared as a protected archaeological monument by the gazette dated 22nd November 2002
151Kolambagama Miyugunarama Rajamaha ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThis Tampita Viharaya is built using 23 boulders of different sizes placed to keep the four wooden bases in place.
152Kolambalamulla Bodhirukkharama Purana Pothgul Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThis temple is located in Talawattegedara between Polgahawela and Pothuhera.
153Kolamunna Sri Sugatharamaya Purana Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThe Tampita Viharaya is built on 8 granite stumps laid in 2 rows. The entrance to the image house is plain and lacks statues or paintings. The outer wall too lacks any murals.
154Konduruwapola Rajamaha Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThe Tampita Viharaya is built upon 11 granite stumps of varying heights to balance the unevenness of the rock plateau. The structure is 23 feet 8 inches long and 18 feet 6 inches wide.
155Kongahagedara Sri Bodhidrumaramaya Purana Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThe Tampita Viharaya is built upon 16 granite stumps. The exquisite wood carvings on pillars and the roof is one of the important feature of this structure.
156Kongoda Bodhirajaramaya Purana Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThis temple is listed in the 'Sri Lankawe Tampita Vihara' book by Kusumsiri Wijayawardhana. No further information is available.
157Kudagalgamuwa Purana Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThis Tampita Viharaya was declared as a protected archaeological monument on the gazette dated 25th April 1980.
158Kumbukwewa Sri Nagarukkarama ancient Tampita ViharayanoNorth WesternKurunegalaLies in Kumbukwewa village in the Katupotha PS division. Declared as an protected monument in 1967.02.23
159Lunukadawella Tampita Rajamaha ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaA tampita viharaya on 7 granite pillars which has been completely renovated losing its all antiquity.
160Madahapola Sri Rathanapalaramaya Purana Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThe temple lies on the Melsiripura - Rambe road, about 7.5 km from Melsiripura and 15 km from Rambe.
161Mahamithawa Sri Sumittaramaya Purana Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaBuilt on 20 massive granite pillars about 4 feet tall and the walls are painted on a layer of clay. Unfortunately it doesn’t have the original paintings of Kandyan era, murals in the structure seems to have been recently retouched by an amateur painter losing both its originality and beauty.
162Malagamuwa Udugodagama Ancient Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThe Tampita Viharaya is comparatively small. A narrow circumambulating path with no protective rail surrounds the image house. The entrance and the outer wall of the image house is painted orange and its unclear if there were any murals on the walls.
163Maspotha Purana Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThis Tampita Viharaya was declared as a protected archaeological monument on the gazette dated 22nd November 2002.
164Nagabodhi Dravarama Tampita ViharayanoNorth WesternKurunegalaThis temple is listed in the "Sri Lankawe Tampita Vihara" book by Kusumsiri Wijayawardhana. The temple lies 8 kms on the the Makandura - Kuliyapitiya Road.
165Nakkawatta Purana Tampita ViharayanoNorth WesternKurunegalaLies in Kuliyapitiya east. Was declared as a protected archaeological monument on 19th May 1967.
166Nawinna Purana Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaLies in Nawinna off Wariyapola. Has been declared as a protected archaeological monument.
167Pahala Baladora Sri Nagarukkarama Purana Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaLies in about 9 km off Panduwasnuwara. Restored in 2017.
168Palugamuwa Sri Pushparama Purana Devapita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThe temple lies between Dummalasuriya and Udubaddawa on the Madampe - Kuliyapitiya road, about 11 km from Madampe and 13 km from Kuliyapitiya.
169Paluwella Angeerasuththararamaya Purana Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaLies about 13 km off Kuliyapitiya. Listed in the book “Sri Lankawe Tampita Vihara” By Kusumsiri Vijayawardana and not much information is available.
170Panduwasnuwara Rajamaha ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThis Tampita Viharaya is built on 16 granite pillar stumps. A mandapaya has been built in front of this temple using another 6 large granite pillars.
171Sapugaskanda Sri Vijaya Sunandarama Tampita Rajamaha ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThe Tampita Viharaya is built on 20 granite pillar stumps and is comparatively large. The structure is completely covered with a plastered wall from floor to the roof.
172Sri Swarna Bimbarama Viharaya, KotuwewattayesNorth WesternKurunegalawas protected as an archaeological monument by the Gazette published on 27 July 2001. Link points to Usgala Swarnabimbarama Viharaya which might be the same.
173Talammehera Sri Sunandarama Purana Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThe Tampita Viharaya is built on 10 granite pillar stumps with a narrow circumambulating. The image house lacks any murals.
174Udubaddawa Shilapokkarani Purana Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaA Tampita Viharaya which has been restored recently. The statues inside has lost its original artistic form due to latter renovations.
175Uyanegama Sri Nagabodhi Tampita Rajamaha ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThe Tampita Viharaya at Uyanegama Sri Nagabodhi Rajamaha Viharaya was declared as a protected archaeological monument on the gazette dated 24th July 2009.
176Watareka Wanguthanna Sri Sunandaramaya Ancient Tampita ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaBuilt by king Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe ((1747 – 1781). High granite pillars creating a 2 storied building.
177Wathuwaththa Sri Sunandarama Purana Tampita Rajamaha ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThe Tampita Viharaya is built on 18 granite pillar out of 10 pillars are made of brick and mortar and the rest stone.
178Werahera Sri Siddhartharama Tampita Rajamaha ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaThe temple lies in Werahera off Yakwila between Pannala and Kuliyapitiya. It lies about 6 km from Pannala and 15 km from Kuliyapitiya.
179Yakarawatta Purana Siddha Pattini Tampita DevalayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaA Tampita Devalaya built on 8 granite pillar stumps. Believed to be over 500 years old.
180Yataththawala Bodhiwansaramaya Tampita Rajamaha ViharayayesNorth WesternKurunegalaA temple belonging to the era of the Dambadeniya kingdom with a Tampita Viharaya belonging to the Kandyan Era. Declared as a protected site in 2009.
181Dembawa Purana Tampita ViharayayesCentralMataleA small yet well maintained Tampita Viharaya lying on six granite pillars. A single seated Buddha statue lies inside the viharaya.
182Mahavehera Purana Tampita ViharayayesCentralMataleprobably built in the 16th century, the original building has been renovated destroying its original pillar structure but still maintains its original form within the image house.
183Makulatenna Raja Maha ViharayayesCentralMatale
184Mananwatta Sri Bodhiraja ViharayayesCentralMataleLocated in Mananwatta in Aluthgama, Matale. GPS location is 7.683387, 80.597623. Only source of infromation this temple being a Tampita Viharaya is ; historicasrilanka.blogspot.com/2012/11/blog-post_25.html
185Matihaththa Gurubebila Purana Tampita ViharayayesCentralMataleThe Tampita Viharaya is built on short granite stumps as the center part of a larger building. A narrow circumambulating path with no protective rail surrounds the image house.
186Medabedda Sri Bodhimalu Purana Tampita ViharayayesCentralMataleRuins of a Tampita viharaya can be seen at this temple.
187Muwandeniya Sri Dammaloka Purana Tampita Viharayaapprox. areaCentralMataleUnfortunately this Tampita Viharaya has been completely rebuilt and has lost its architectural and archaeological value.
188Narangolla Purana Tampita ViharayanoCentralMataleThe temple can be reached through Gammaduwa road reachable through Kalthota, Matale. Protected archaeological site - "The Tampita vihara of the Narangolla ancient vihara premises in the Grama Niladhari Division of Narangolle-E, in Ambanganga Divisional Secretary’s Division, in Matale District, Central Province"
189Selagama Bulathwatta Purana Tampita Viharayaapprox. areaCentralMataleUnfortunately this Tampita Viharaya has been completely rebuilt. The image house is no longer on pillars but on a cemented platform built burying the pillars. The walls and the roof too have been completely rebuilt with cement and new roofing tiles.
190Thalakiriyawa Purana Tampita ViharayayesCentralMataleA tiny tampita viharaya neglected with time, one horizontal beam is now supported by a stack of clay tiles.
191Udasgiriya Bomaluwa Purana Tampita ViharayaPossible locationCentralMataleA small Tampita Viharaya on 6 uneven granite pillars. Built by king Keerthi Sri Rajasinghe.
192Walawela Pamunuwa Purana Tampita ViharayayesCentralMataleThis comparatively small Tampita Viharaya is built on 9 short granite stumps. The original murals and statues of the Kandyan era can be still seen.
193Welangahawatta Sri Dhamajothiyarama Purana Tampita ViharayayesCentralMataleThe viharaya lies about 17 km from Matale off Rattota.
194Agalakada Sri Dharmarakshitha Purana ViharayayesSouthernMataraBuilt during the reign of king Kirthi Sri Rajasinhe (1747 – 1781). Tampita Viharaya has been destroyed. Only pillar stumps exists today.
195Dampahala Vilayaya Purana Tampita ViharayayesSouthernMataraBuilt on a frame built with 15 inch thick Na timber beams on a 3 feet high granite pillars.
196Kadukanna Gangarama Purana Tampita ViharayanoSouthernMataraKadukanna lies just passing Thelijjawila on the Matara Akuressa Road. No information regarding the status of the Tampita Viharaya
197Kamburupitiya Ransegoda Purana Tampita ViharayayesSouthernMataraThis Tampita Viharaya is listed in the "Sri Lankawe Tampita Vihara" book by Kusumsiri Wijayawardhana. No further information is available.
198Matara Hiththatiya Rajamaha ViharayayesSouthernMataraThe Tampita Viharaya has been destroyed by the floods in 1760 and the current image house has been built on this site.
199Narawelpita Thorawita Purana Tampita Viharayaapprox. areaSouthernMataraThis Tampita Viharaya was reported to be in a dilapidated state in 2017.
200Watagedara Sri Sudarshanaramaya Purana Pothgul Tampita ViharayayesSouthernMataraA two storied Tampita Viharaya built on tall granite pillars just 4 km off the Godagama exit on the Southern Expressway
201Bibile Kokunnewa Purana Tampita ViharayayesUvaMonaragalaLie 6.5 kms on the Inginiyagala road. declared as an protected archaeological site in 2009
202Buttala Aluthwela Thibbatuwawa Purana Tampita ViharayayesUvaMonaragalaTemple going back to pre-christian era. Tampita Viharaya stands on 16 granite pillars. All walls painted in white. No original murals or statues.
203Buttala Happoruwa Purana Tampita ViharayayesUvaMonaragalaTemple going back to king Devanampiyatissa (250-210 BC). Only record of a Tampita Viharaya at the temple is on Wikipidia. Need confirmation.
204Hambegamuwa Pulinathalarama ViharayanoUvaMonaragalaTampita Viharaya declared as a protected archaeological site on 22nd November 2002. lies in the Kotavehera village in Thanamalwila.
205Kotasara Piyangala Raja Maha ViharayayesUvaMonaragalaLies in Bibile. The Tampita viharaya and the ancient Bhikku dwelling have been declared as protected monuments.
206Tampita Ruins at Yatiyallathota Archaeological ReserveyesUvaMonaragalaRuins of a Tampita Viharaya. Only granite stumps exists among other ruins which probably belonging to Anuradhapura era.
207Niyamgamdora Rajamaha ViharayayesCentralNuwara EliyaThe Pattini Devalaya of this temple has been built on a Tampita Structure.
208Padiyapelella Bodhimalkada Purana Tampita ViharayayesCentralNuwara EliyaUnfortunately the base has been filled and the “Tam” or pillars of this structure has been covered during later renovations and now appears as a temple built on a normal foundation.
209Pusulpitiya Rajamaha Viharaya, KotmaleyesCentralNuwara Eliya
210Elugala Rajamaha Viharaya, BalangodayesSabaragamuwaRatnapuraalso known as Pinnawala Sri Pushparama Purana Tampita Rajamaha Viharaya.
211Maduwanwela Mudalinalage Tampita AramayayesSabaragamuwaRatnapuraHas been built by the famous Maduwanwela Dissawe and lies close to his mansion in Maduwanwela.
212Nedun Rajamaha Viharaya, KiriellayesSabaragamuwaRatnapuraTampita Viharaya has been built completely in Nadun timber. Structure not seen today. The current structure possibly built around the original Tampita Viharaya.
213Pelmadulla Rajamaha ViharayayesSabaragamuwaRatnapura
214Walalgoda Purana Tempita Viharaya, EmbilipitiyayesSabaragamuwaRatnapuraAn large two storied Tampita Viharaya built on 16 wooden pillars.
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