Damana, which belongs to the Ampara district has been part of the ancient Digamdulla Kingdom which had been colonized since the 4th century BC. Digamadulla saw its golden era during the time of Prince Saddhatissa (brother of king Dutugemunu) during the latter part of Elara (205-161 BC), who invaded then capital, Anuradhapura and ruled this part of the country from Anuradhapura and the times of king Dutugemunu (161-131 BC) who united the country under one kingdom. Prince Saddhatissa ascended to the throne in 131 BC after the death of King Dutugemunu. Agriculture and Buddhist monasteries flourished under prince Saddhatissa during this era and thousands of sites with scattered ruins and hundreds of irrigation reservoirs stands today as the proof of its prosperity over 2000 years ago.
Aloka Rajamaha Viharaya which lies on the route to Ekgaloya Reservoir from Damana is one of the few hundred of monastic complexes where the ruins of the ancient Digamadulla Kingdom has survived for over 2 millennia. An ancient stupa and along with all the ruins of this temple has been now declared as a protected archaeological site by the Government with the Gazette issued on 26th December 2014, and describes the location as follows ;
“ All places of ruins of ancient Arama complex including ancient Chaithya and ruins of buildings at the premises of Aloka Rajamaha Vihara belonging to Ekgaloya village situated in Grama Niladhari Division No. W/24/B, Ekgaloya in the Divisional Secretary’s Division, Damana in Ampara District in Eastern Province. (Latitude 07º18´ 43.8´´ N and longitude 81º64´ 50.3´´ E).”
Map of Ekgaloya Aloka Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site
The map above also shows other places of interest within a approximately 20 km radius of the current site. Click on any of the markers and the info box to take you to information of these sites
Zoom out the map to see more surrounding locations using the mouse scroll wheel or map controls.
Travel Directions to Ekgaloya Aloka Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site
Route from Ampara to Ekgaloya Aloka Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site
|Through : Damana
Distance : 20 km
Travel time :30 min
Time to spend : 30 mins
Driving directions : see on google map