Meepitiya Purana Tampita Viharaya – මීපිටිය පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

 

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Meepitiya Purana Tampita Viharaya

Meepitiya Purana Tampita Viharaya
Photo By : Dinesh Sadaruwan

Meepitya Puarana Viharaya lies on a small hilly area adjoining a paddy field on the Kegalle bypass road. The first thing you come across when you enter the temple is the Dhamma Preaching Hall and the Residence of the Bikkus which have  been built during the British Colonial era. About 200 meters away from these buidings lie the ancient Tampita Viharaya of the Meepitya  Ancient Viharaya.

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. Walls inside the chamber is more or less always covered in paintings drawn mainly in Kandyan style.

The 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. The structure has no circumambulating path usually found in Tampita Viharaya. A wooden stairway leads to the entrance of the image house. The door frame is plain and lacks any carvings or paintings. Statues of two Naga guardian deities with five hoods are found on the sides of the main entrance. Each carry a pot with a Bo leaf and are painted white.

A 2 foot 6 inch high seated Buddha statue lies underneath a dragons arch (Makara Thorana).  The statue has been renovated at a later date losing its originality. The walls are also painted in white covering any original paintings.

Primary Source : Sri Lankawe Tampita Vihara
by Kusumsiri Wijewardhana

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Driving Directions to Meepitiya Purana Tampita Viharaya

Route from Kegalle to Meepitiya Purana Tampita Viharaya

Though : Kegalle bypass road
distance : 3.5  km
Travel time : 5 minutes
Time to spend : 20 – 30 mins
Driving directions : see on google map

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