Alwala Pothgul Len Rajamaha Viharaya at Gamaha carries a history starting from Anuradhapura Era up to the Kandyan Era. The temple premises of 60 acres encompass the three caves that are located in the surroundings: Vihara Lena, Potgul Lena and Thapo Lena.
The main attraction of the temple is the massive cave called Vihara Lena. The main reclining Buddha statue lying along the length of the cave belongs to the Kandyan Era but has been reconstructed following damage caused by treasure hunters. The On either side are two seated statues, one belonging to the Anuradhapura era (beginning 377 BC) and the other to the Kandyan Era (beginning 1500s AD).
A special feature of the cave, is its murals. Aged illustrations of the Buddha belonging to the Kandyan Era have been drawn on a polished rock surface where as these murals are generally painted over a layer of plaster administered over the rock walls. These murals have been restored about 150 years ago.
The second cave, Pothgul Lena lies on a mountain slope near the temple and is known for producing number of prehistoric artifacts including on the slopes of the Pothgul Kanda. This cave has produced human remains believed 13,000 BCE.
Alternate names : Alawala Potgul Len Viharaya, Alawala Pothgul Viharaya, Alawala Potgul Viharaya,
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Route from Colombo to Alawala Pothgul Len Rajamaha Viharaya
|Though : Miriswatta – Nittambuwa – Attanagalla|
distance : 57 km
Travel time : 1.5 hours
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