Tag: Kurunegala

Bambaragala Rajamaha Viharaya at Waduwawa – වඩුවාව බඹරගල රජමහා විහාරය

The main cave temple of Waduwawa Bambaragala Rajamaha Viharaya

Bambaragala Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient temple lying at a bottom of a large rock known as Bambaragala in the village of Waduwawa in Polgahawela. No evidence has been discovered on the origin of this temple. Some believe that the temple has been in existence since the Anuradhapura kingdom. The current temple is definitely of recent origin, of Kandyan Era.

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Kandayaya Purana Pothgul Viharaya at Waduwawa – වඩුවාව කන්දයාය පුරාණ පොත්ගුල් විහාරය

Waduwawa Kandayaya Purana Pothgul Viharaya

Kandayaya Purana Pothgul Viharaya is one of the hundreds of ancient Buddhist temples in the Kurunegala District. Few drip ledge caves and granite ruins of an ancient temple complex can be seen at this temple today. A Sri Pathul Gala, an object of veneration before the development of Buddha statues is an indication that this temple’s beginning going back to the early Anuradhapura Era.

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Viharegama Maliyadeva Rajamaha Viharaya at Narammala – නාරම්මල විහාරේගම මලියදේව රජමහා විහාරය

Viharegama Maliyadeva Rajamaha Viharaya

Viharegama Maliyadeva Rajamaha Viharaya lies about 16 kilometers away from the Dambadeniya. It is said that the Maliyadeva Thero who is considered the last Arhaths of Sri Lanka had been cremated at Viharegama and a stupa had been built at Viharegama depositing the ashes.

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Ranagala Ambalama – රෑනගල අම්බලම

Ranagala Ambalama - රෑනගල අම්බලම

Ranagala (Renagala) has been a popular ancient cross road connecting Siriwardhanapura, Anuradhapura, Kurunegala and Kandy. One proof of the importance of this is the ancient Ambalama at Ranagala. This Ambalama lies on the edge of a large paddy field in Ranagala and about 500 meters before the popular Rangala Rajamaha Viharaya.

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Ranagala Rajamaha Viharaya – රෑනගල රජමහා විහාරය

Ranagala Rajamaha Viharaya

Ranagala Rajamaha Viharaya is a temple situated on a popular ancient cross road connecting Siriwardhanapura, Anuradhapura, Kurunegala and Kandy. Lying on rocky outcrop known as Viharagala, surround by paddy fields offering a fantastic view, the temple you see today is an modern one except for few remnants of the ancient past.

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Dambadeniya Sri Wijayasundararamaya – දඹදෙනිය ශ්‍රී විජයසුන්දරාරාමය

Dambadeniya Sri Wijayasundararamaya

It is not often that we hear of the 13th. century kingdom of Dambadeniya. Recently traveling the excellent road that links Negombo to Kurunegala we decided to drop in at the Dambadeniya Wijayasundararamaya. As we walked into its modern precincts,

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Wariyapola Sri Sumangala Raja Maha Viharaya – වාරියපොල ශ්‍රී සුමංගල රජමහා විහාරය

Wariyapola Sri Sumangala Raja Maha Viharaya

WARIYAPOLA: Wariyapola is virtually a legendary name due to a large number of historical controversies connected with it. The word Wariyapola precisely denotes airport. According to the ancient scriptures, during the prehistoric era of King Rawana, travel between India and

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Nillakgama Bodhigaraya – නිල්ලක්ගම බෝධිඝරය

Nillaggama Bodhigharaya

Nillakgama Bodhigaraya is the best preserved Bodhigara ( Bo-Tree house) in the country built during Anuradhapura Era. Believed to be built in the 8-9th centuary this is a completely built with granite

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Sangamuwa Rajamaha Viharaya – සංගමුව රජමහා විහාරය

Sangamuwa Rajamaha Viharaya

War is tearing our beautiful little country into shreds. War between brother communities, who share so much of each others cultural and religious heritage. War worn factions act like zombies in the name of rights and privileges. The misunderstandings and

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Ridi Viharaya at Kurunegala – රිදී විහාරය

Ridi Viharaya - Kurunegala

Ridi Viharaya lies about 20 kilometers away from the ancient kingdom of Kurunegala in a small village called Ridi Gama. This temple is said to be built by King Dutugemunu in the 2nd century BC as a memorial to the

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Rambadagalla [2] – Re-creating the Bamiyan Treasures in Sri Lanka

Kurunegala Rambadagalla Vihara

We were all devastated when a millennia old heritage was ruthlessly vandalised in Bamiyan by the Taliban back in 2001. It was a sacrilege against Buddhism. But sometimes good things can come out of even atrocities. Upon hearing about the

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Rambadagalla Viharaya at Kurunegala – කුරුණෑගල රම්බඩගල්ල විහාරය

World's Largest Sedentary Buddha Statue carved out of Granite at Rambodagalla Viharaya in Kurunegala

The rise of a Bamiyan Buddha in Ridigama In the tranquil village of Rambadagalla in Ridigama in the Kurunegala District, a huge stone sculpture is taking shape. This is no ordinary sculpture but one modeled on the Bamiyan Buddha in

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Panavitiya Ambalama – පනාවිටිය අම්බලම

Panavitiya Ambalama

The Panavitiya ambalama has been dated to the 18th century. It is believed that the ambalama may have stood as a rest hall enroute to an ancient foot path leading from Dambadeniya to Kurunegala and Yapahuwa.

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Naindanawa Rajamaha Viharaya – නයින්දනාව රජමහා විහාරය

The Giant Seven Hooded Cobra at the Naindanawa Rajamaha Viharaya

Naindanawa Rajamaha Viharaya which lies in a remote village off Polpithigama is not a popular temple of regular pilgrims. Archeological value of this temple is extremely high but unfortunately it has not yet being taken under the relevant authorities to

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Padeniya Raja Maha Viharaya – පාදෙණිය රජමහා විහාරය

Padeniya Raja Maha Viharaya

The Kurunegala Puttalam road via Wariyapola is excellent driving or should I say flying for that is what it feels like on the fine metal surface of the road strewn on either side with paddy fields, lily-filled lakes and huge

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Nagolla Raja Maha Viharaya – නාගොල්ල රජමහා විහාරය

Nagolla Raja Maha Viharaya

Nagolla Raja Maha Viharaya is thought to be built by King Vatta Gamini Abaya aka King Walagamba between 103 BC – 89BC, during his hiding from South Indian invaders.

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Kotamudungala Raja Maha Viharaya, Molagoda – කොටමුදුන්ගල රජමහා විහාරය

Kotamudungala Raja Maha Viharaya - Molagoda

Kotamudungala Raja Maha Viharaya  is believed to be built by King Vatta Gamini Abaya aka King Walagamba between 103 BC – 89BC, who said to use this area to train his armies during his hiding from South Indian invaders. The

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Konduruwapola Rajamaha Viharaya – කෝඳුරුවාපොල රජමහා විහාරය

The Tampita Viharaya at the Konduruwapola Rajamaha Viharaya

Konduruwapola Rajamaha has been built by Meegasthanne Adikaram during the reign of King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe (1797 – 1814) as a tampita viharaya.

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Kele Dambulla Raja Maha Viharaya – කැලේ දඹුල්ල

Kele Dambulla

It is believed that due to its association with King Walagamba this place has been named Dambulla, locally better known as Kele Dambulla. It is also believed that this site has served as a security frontier during ancient times. The

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Karathana Gal Len Viharaya – කරතන ගල්ලෙන් විහාරස්ථානය

Karathana Gal Len Viharaya

The Karathana gal len viharaya is situated in the peaceful surroundings of coconut, teak plantations and paddy fields. It is a small len viharaya placed on a rocky outcrop which seems to suddenly emerge from the otherwise flat plains. We

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Karagahagedara Ambalama – කරගහගෙදර අම්බලම

Karagahagedara Ambalama

It was definitely going to be a rainy day. So with rain coats, umbrellas, and the like packed into our jeep we set out as usual before the light of day. The route we took was through Jaela, Ekala, Minuvangoda,

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Kasagala Rajamaha Viharaya – Kurunegala – කසාගල පුරාණ රජමහා විහාරය

The old image house of the Kurunegala Kasagala Rajamaha Viharaya

Traveling along the Madagalla Road after turning off at Ibbagamuwa, we approached the Kasagala temple (Kasagala Raja Maha Viharaya) crossing a bund over a dried up wewa, its parched and crusting mud thirsting for the rains.

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Kadiragala Raja Maha Viharaya – කඳ සුරිඳු වැඩ සිටි කදිරාගල පුරාණ විහාරස්‌ථානය

Kadiragala Rajamaha Viharaya - The temple at the bottom

Kadiragala Raja Maha Viharaya is another popular temple lying close to Wariyapola and is believed to have been the adobe of the Kataragama Deiyo ( deity )

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Kabella Lena [2] – A unique sculpture at Kabella Lena

Kabella lena Cave Temple - Kebella lena - Kaballa lena - Kebella lena

Travelling along the Kurunegala – Puttalam road passing a sign board pointing to the turn off to the Kabbella- lena cave temple and having time on hand we decided to visit this site. A little before reaching the Hiripitiya town

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Kabella Lena Cave Temple at Wariyapola – වාරියපොල කැබැල්ල ලෙන රජ මහා විහාරය

Kabella lena Cave Temple - Kebella lena - Kaballa lena - Kebella lena

Kabella Lena Cave Temple lies on the Kurunegala – Putlum road closer to Wariyapola town. if you travel from Kurunegala, you will find the sign board pointing to the turn off about 300 meters before Variyapola Junction.

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Ibbagala Raja Maha Viharaya – ඉබ්බාගල රජමහා විහාරය

Humbuluwa Raja Maha Viharaya

Although a bustling city today,  Kurunegala was a ancient capital of Sri Lanka for over 50 years in the 13th century. The city has lost most of the ancient heritage with the urbanization,   but most of the temples of the

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Humbuluwa Raja Maha Viharaya – හුම්බුළුව රජමහා විහාරය

Humbuluwa Raja Maha Viharaya

Humbuluwa Raja Maha Viharaya is believed be constructed by the Queen Anula, daughter of King Aggabodhi. The main image house is built inside  a large rock cave. Location: Humbuluwa belongs to the Kurunegala District. The Humbuluwa Junction is on the

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Gal massa [2] – පදවිගම්පොල ගල් මැස්ස (ශිලා මඤ්චය)

Gal massa (The Dolman) of Padavigampola

We over took 3 huge buses crammed with school children on the narrow Rambukkana – Walgama road. Happy faces of girls and boys singing songs peeped out of the windows. The children waved to us and we waved back. Little

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Gal Messa (Dolman) of Padavigampola – පදවිගම්පොල ගල් මැස්ස (ශිලා මඤ්චය)

Gal massa (The Dolman) of Padavigampola

About four miles to the north of Rambukkana, in the heart of a village on the plain beside a plantation of jak, is a curious structure of stone, like the table of some giant of the good old days. It is called by local folk, Maliyadeva Guharamaya or Gal Messa, the dwelling of the last great Initiate of Buddhism in our island.

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Bihalpola Rajamaha Viharaya – බිහාල්පොල රජ මහා විහාරය

Bihalpola Rajamaha Viharaya

According to the legend, Bihalpola Rajamaha Viharaya was constructed during the reign of King Devanmpiya Tissa (250-251 B.C.) and later renovated by King Walagamba 89-77 BC).

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Bathalagoda Wewa Reservoir in Kurunegala – කුරුනෑගල බතලගොඩ වැව

Bisogala and Rambodagalla reserve seen over Bathalagoda Reservoir

Bathalagoda Wewa that sustained ‘Parana Nuwara’ It was impossible to capture the vast loveliness that stretched all around us. The sunbeams, pale and yet waking lit the crack of the dawn. Nothing seemed to stir, except the cold wind that

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