Pusulpitiya Rajamaha Viharaya at Kothmale – කොත්මලේ පුසුල්පිටිය රජමහා විහාරය

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Second image house was built in later stages but might be belong to Kandyan era. - Pusulpitiya Rajamaha Viharaya

Second image house was built in later stages but might be belong to Kandyan era. – Pusulpitiya Rajamaha Viharaya

Pusulpitiya is a village in Kotmale about 3 miles from Morape on the banks of the Kotmale Oya. This area is full of folk legends as this is the area which Prince Dutugemunu spent his childhood when Elara was ruling Anuradhapura.

Kotmale Pusulpitiya Rajamaha Viharaya is historically linked with the Sacred Tooth Relic as it has found refuge here several times during the times of political unrest. It is said that the relic was hidden here during the Maga’s rule (1215-1236) at Polonaruwa. Vijayabahu III (1232-1236) took it back to Dambadeniya where he established the kingdom. The sacred Tooth Relic again found refuge here when the British entered the Kandyan Kingdom in 1815. But the British found it and took it back to the Kandy.

The temple is also said to have one of the four valuable Buddha statues which has been brought to Sri Lanka from India by Arahat Maliyadeva (The last maha arahat to live in Sri Lanka). The other 3 statues are housed at Vattarama, Diddeniya and Madanvela. This seated bronze statue under a Makara Thorana is a beautiful work of art. Apart form this statue, there is nothing of significant historic value in the temple.

According legends a South Indian Brahmin heard about a golden ash pumpkin in the area called Nain Kelina Thota in Kotmale area. He came to Sri Lanka and married a girl from the same area. After awhile they had a son. He scarified the son to take the golden ash pumpkin and while running with it, he kept the pumpkin on a rocky plain to rest. It is said that the rock cracked open and the the golden ash pumpkin was hidden back in the earth. Due to this, the area was known as Pusulpitiya and the Pusulpitiya Rajamaha Viharaya was built on the ground where the Golden Treasure was sunk back to earth.

Primary Source : “Kandy”
By Central Cultural Fund

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Traveling Directions to Kotmale Pusulpitiya Rajamaha Viharaya

Route from Colombo to Pusulpitiya Rajamaha Viharaya

Route from Kandy to Pusulpitiya Rajamaha Viharaya

Though : Kandy Road – Gampola
distance : 155 km
Travel time : 5 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Though : Peradeniya – Gampola
distance : 53 km
Travel time : 1 hour
Driving directions : see on google map

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