Asmadala Purana Tampita Viharaya – අස්මඩල පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

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Asmadala Purana Tampita Viharaya

Asmadala Purana Tampita Viharaya
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Asmadala Purana Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient temple with a Tampita Viharaya  hidden in the remote village of Asmadala between Ussapitiya and Hettimulla in Kegalle District.

One of the unique features a visitor could observe today at this temple  is the Tampita Vihara Ge. Tampita Vihara were a popular architectural feature of temples during the Kandyan era. The temple is built on top of granite stumps with wooden platform laid across the stumps. The Tampit Viharaya on this temple is built on granite stumps of about 3 feet high and comparatively quite small. Unfortunately the granite stumps of this viharaya cannot be seen today since they have been buried in concrete, probably a attempt to keep the Tampita Viharaya intact after falling to despair at a later date.

To reach the temple take the Aranayake road from Mawanella and travel 4.5 km upto Ussapitiya and take the Hettimulla road. Travel 150 meters on this road and take the narrow concrete road towards Arawpola and travel 5.5 km to reach this remote temple.

A prehistoric burial site has been discovered on the edge of village of Asmadala. The site is located on the land called Marawahena Watta in the Asmadala Watte Gedara village.

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Route from Ruwanwella to Asmadala Purana Tampita Viharaya

Distance : 10.5 km
Travel time : 30-40 mins
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