At the ancient Thalgaspitiya Deniyathanna Viharaya, a preserved Tampita Viharaya built during the Kandyan era can be found. 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 Deniyathanna Viharaya is built on 20 granite pillar stumps. A narrow circumambulating path is build around the image house with protective fence. There are no murals on the outerwall of the image house. There are 3 access doors to the image house from 3 sides other than the rear.
The entrance to the image house of the Tampita Viharaya at Deniyathanna is made in the form of Chandrawanka. Two guardian deities stand beside the door. At the top of the entrance is a unique Makara Torana (Dragons Arch). Generally the dragons on the sides are molded in a way that they are looking upwards or towards the Kimbisi Muhuna at the top. But you will find the two dragons on this arch, looking straight forward at you with a somewhat comical grin.
The Deniyathanna Viharaya was declared as a protected archaeology monument by the gazette dated 8 July 2005.
You can reach the Deniyathanna Viharaya from Mawanella through Hakurugammana junction (12km) in Aranayake. Turn left from the junction and cross the Maha Oya. Continue on this road for 3 km to reach this temple.
Alternate names : Deniyatanna Tampita Viharaya, Deniyatanne Tampita Viharaya, Deniyathanne Tampita Viharaya
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Map of the Thalgaspitiya Deniyathanna Purana Tampita Viharaya
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Driving Directions to Thalgaspitiya Deniyathanna Purana Tampita Viharaya
Route from Mawanella to Thalgaspitiya Deniyathanna Purana Tampita Viharaya
|Though : Aranayake|
distance : 16 km
Travel time : 40 minutes
Time to Spend : 30 mins
Driving directions : see on google map