Uda Aludeniya Raja Maha Viharaya – උඩ අළුදෙනිය රජමහා විහාරය

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The Uda Aludeniya Raja Maha Viharaya is located on the Kandy – Gampola road is said to be built by a person called Maayim Bandara during the reign of King Buvanekabahu IV (1341-1351) of Gampola Kingdom. According to records this temple has been constructed in the form of a Tampita Vihara ( temple built on a platform above ground) and in 1930 it has been reconstructed as a modern temple.

Nothing of historical significance remains today in this temple except a wooden doorframe called “Ranbewa”. This beautifully carved white sandlewood doorframe with floral vegetal designs with friezes of dancers, musicians, images of couples and flying Gansharvas is placed as the main entrance to the Vishnu Devale ( Shrine for Deity Vishnu) of the temple. It is said that this door frame was brought here from the Royal Palace of king “Buwanekabahu IV. “ This doorframe can be regarded as the earliest example of wood carving which has so far come to light in Sri Lanka.

In 2004, excavators of the Archaeological Department who were carring out conservation work of a small stupa found 120 priceless bronze Buddha statues in two bronze caskets and an ancient “makara thorana” from a small dilapidated dagoba. After conservation, the chief prelate of the temple gifted these to the National Museum at Colombo.

According to an old document at Maninarama at Veligalla, a wooden door frame called ” Ranbewa” was sent as a gift from Kotte to Gampola and it was deposited at a two storied building in Aludeniya Viharaya.

To reach the temple travel along the Kandy-Gampola Road untill you come to Veligalla. Turn right (if you are comming from Kandy side) and travel about a mile to reach the Aludeniya

Primary Source : “Kandy”
By Central Cultural Fund

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Viharaya

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Though : Kandy Road – Peradeniya – Weligalla
Distance : 120 km
Travel time : 4 hours
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Though : Peradeniya – Weligalla
distance : 15 km
Travel time : 30 minutes
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