Ancient Kudumbigala Monastery – කුඩුම්බිගල වන සෙණසුන

Kudumbigala Monastery

View towards Kudumbigala Monastery
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Kudumbigala Monastery lies eleven miles from Panama and seventeen miles away from the Kumana Village.

Kudumbigala monastic complex was built in 246 BC, during the time of King Devanampiyatissa. It was first established as a refuge for the Buddhist monks who wanted to get away from the busy Cities. Archaeologists had recovered over 200 rock caves belonging to this forgotten monastery.

Kudumbigala Monastery Only Cylindrical Dagaba to survive in Sri Lanka today

Only Cylindrical Dagaba to survive in Sri Lanka today
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The inscriptions in Brahmi script and other evidence in the recently discovered cave, Maha Sudharshana Lena, shows that Kudumbigala was established as an Aranya Senansanaya in the pre-Christian era. A stone inscription has it that the Maha Sudharshana Lena was built and gifted to the Arahats by the Giant Warrior Nandimitra, one of King Dutugemunu’s “Dasa Maha Yodayas”, the ten giant warriors.

In 1994, terrorists belonging to the LTTE hacked to death 17 innocent civilians in Panama. Kudumbigala had to be abandoned immediately as the Government failed to protect the place. Ethnic cleansing, under the cover of the most effective propaganda machine in the world today, has swallowed one third of the Sri Lankan land and 74% of the Sinhalese Buddhists do not even seem to know that. 5% of the Christian Sinhalese do not even seem to care.

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Tar thrown by the LTTE on the Kudumbigala Buddha Statue as the last warning to the priests to vacate the temple

Today, there is no human habitation around this historic Aranya. Kudumbigala stands, towering in silent splendour, a solitary landmark and witness to the untold stories that get written into landscapes, buried, unearthed and erased yet once again. That is the sad tale of the Sinhalese civilization, which unfortunately do not deserve that fate.

The importance of the Kudumbigala monastery cannot be expressed in words. The Only Cylindrical Dagaba to survive in Sri Lanka today, is in this monastery.

LTTE terrorists have thrown tar on the head of the Buddha statue. That was the last warning given to the monks vacate the place.

Story of the Maithree Upasaka : ( Hero of Kudumbigala )

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Upasaka Maithree’s skelton on display before LTTE destroyed it

He was a Catholic from Negombo. While working in the Ceylon Railway he discovered the hidden history of the Sinhalese, which changed his life forever. In 1954, he came to Kudumbigala Monastery and cleaned up the place. There he lived, meditated and safeguarded the place for the future generations of Sri Lankans until he died on the 10 th September, 1971. Today, he is regarded as the the hero who protected this historic place, all alone, while most of the country’s politicians and officials were sleeping with the enemy.

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Upasaka Maithrees remains recovered form jungle

Until 1994, the remains of the Maithree Upasaka were displayed in a rock cave as he wished.

Then the LTTE terrorists smashed the glass display and threw his remains into the jungle.

We thank the researcher who recovered them from the jungle again.

Humans advanced from the barbarian era to a civilized era. While communities like the Sinhalese Buddhists searched for the truth, fairness, and justice for all, many others, led by those who were after political, business objectives, searched for their own ethnic, religious and social interests. They covered their selfishness, fraud and hypocrisy with hair-splitting arguments, lies, and propaganda.

Source : www.nexcorpsl.com/sinhala/N_Kudumbigala.htm

In 2009, the LTTE Terrorists were defeated after a bitter war which raged for 30 years. The Kudumbigala and all the surrounding area is accessible to civilians now.

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Travel Directions to Kudumbigala Monastery

The monastery lies 97 km from Ampara town and 140 km from Batticaloa town

Route from Colombo to Kudumbigala Monastery

Route from Batticaloa to Kudumbigala Monastery

Through : Awissawela – Ratnaputa – Beragala – Wellawaya – Buttala – Monaragala – Arugam Bay – Panama
Distance :350 km
Travel time : 7 hours.
Driving directions : see on google map
Through : Kalmunei – Oluvil – Akkaraipattu – Pottuvil – Panama
Distance :140
Travel time : 3 hours.
Driving directions : see on google map
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first published :  February 3, 2007
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