Category: Kandy

Unambuwa Purana Tampita Viharaya – උණම්බුව පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Unambuwa Purana Tampita Viharaya

At the ancient temple at Unambuwa, you will find a Tampita Viharaya built during the Kandyan era. A Tampita Viharaya is a structure built on a wooden platform which rests on number of stone stumps usually 3-4 feet tall.

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Eraminigammana Sri Susilarama Tampita Viharaya – එරමිණිගම්මන ශ්‍රී සුසිලාරාම ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Eraminigammana Sri Susilarama Tampita Viharaya

The Tampita Viharaya at this temple is built on 20 granite stumps of about 2½ feet tall. There is a open  circumambulating path is built around the image house with no railing or protection. There is a Mandapa built in front of the temple. Both roofs are tiled with calicut tiles.

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Weliwita Sri Sanghikarama Tampita Viharaya – වැලිවිට ශ්‍රී සාංඝිකාරාම ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Weliwita Sri Sanghikarama Tampita Viharaya under restoration

The Tampita Viharaya at Weliwita Sri Sanghikaramaya is built on 20 granite stumps of 2 feet 9 inches high. The viharaya is 14 feet 6 inches long and 9 feet wide. A 2 feet 6 inch circumambulating path is built around the image house with a timber railing.

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Udathalawinna Purana Bomalu Tampita Viharaya – උඩුතලවින්න පුරාණ බෝමලු ටැම්පිට විහාරය

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In Udathalawinna Purana Bomalu Viharaya lies a Tampita Viharaya built during the Kandyan era, less than 10 kilometers away from Kandy. A Tampita Viharaya is a structure built on a wooden platform which rests on number of stone stumps usually 3-4 feet tall.

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Weligodapola Sri Dharmarama Pirivena Tampita Viharaya – වැලිගොඩපොල ශ්‍රී ධර්මාරාම පිරිවෙණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Weligodapola Sri Dharmarama Pirivena Tampita Viharaya

Weligodapola Tampita Viharaya is one of the largest Tampita Vihara in Kandy district. The image house is 17 feet 7 inches long and 11 feet 9 inches wide. A 2 feet 5 inch circumambulating path is built around the image house. The front porch is 7 feet long. The whole Tampita Stucture is 29 feet 3 inches long and 18 feet 3 inches wide.

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Minigamuwa Purana Tampita Viharaya – මිනිගමුව පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Minigamuwa Purana Tampita Viharaya

Minigamuwa Purana Tampita Viharaya has been built during the reign of king Wimaladarmasuriya (1592 – 1604) of Kandyan kingdom for a priest called Buddhagammana thero. The Tampita Viharaya of the temple has been built by one of his students, Attadassi Thero.

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Kumbaloluwa Tampita Viharaya – කුඹල්ඔලුව ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Kumbaloluwa Tampita Viharaya

Out of many tampita viharayas in Kandy district, only two are existing in the Udunuwara. They are Kumbaloluwa Tampita Viharaya and and Eladetta Minimarupitiya Tampita Viharaya.

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Katupilagolla Ambalama – කටුපිලගොල්ල අම්බලම

Katupilagolla Ambalama

The Katupilagolla ambalama lies in Ridigama in Kurunegala between Rambadagalla Viharaya and Ridi Viharaya. The building lies on a 3 way junction on the turn off to the Raddagoda and Delhena estates at Delwita.

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Morapaya Ambalama – මොරපාය අම්බලම

Morapaya Ambalama

The Morapaya Ambalama lies about 2 kms on the road to Mandaram Nuwara from Padiyapellela. Even through lying right next to the road, this Ambalama doesn’t seems to have been caught the eye of the authorities.

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Morapaya Rajamaha Viharaya – මොරපාය රජමහා විහාරය

The old image house of Morapaya Rajamaha Viharaya

Morapaya Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient temple which owns a golden statue of Buddha believed to be donated by Maliyadeva Maha Arhath, the last Arhath of Sri Lanka.

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Sri Narendrasinghe Rajamaha Viharaya – කුන්ඩසාලේ ශ්‍රී නරේන්ද්‍රසිංහ රජමහා විහාරය

Entrance to the ancient image house of Sri Narendrasinghe Rajamaha Viharaya

This temple was built by king Kirthi Sri Rajasinhe (1746-1781). A gold plated Buddha statue made of sandalwood donated by the king can be still seen in the ancient image house

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Daulagala Ambalama – දවුලුගල අම්බලම

Daulagala Ambalama

In 2009 artist Vasantha Perera published sketches of ambalamas seen off the beaten track.He observed that the kenimadala on the roof of the ambalama at Naranwela village, Peradeniya-Daulagala road, was in a lotus pattern. The roof of this ambalama stands

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Rajapihilla ( The Royal Bath) – Kandy රජපිහිල්ල – මහනුවර

Rajapihilla ( The Royal Bath) - Kandy

The story behind Kandy’s hidden royal bath Recently on a trip to Kandy, while visiting friends along the Ampitiya road we noticed an Archeological Department sign board with the word Rajapihilla. This is how we went looking for the Rajapihilla

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Gannoruwa Rajamaha Viharaya – ගන්නෝරුව රජමහා විහාරය

Gannoruwa Raja Maha Viharaya is located near Peradeniya on the Colombo Kandy Road about 3 kilometers in to the Gannoruwa Road.  Gannoruwa  is itself is a historic battle ground which Portuguese had the worst defeat against the Kandyan Kingdom during its

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Peradeniya Botanical Gardens – පේරාදෙනිය උද්භිද උද්‍යානය

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

Situated in a loop of the Mahaweli River and 6 km west of Kandy, site of Peradeniya Botanical Gardens was a seat of power between 1371 and 1377, during the time of the itinerant capitals, however nothing remains from this period today.

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Esala festival and the Dalada Perahara

Kandy Esala Perahera

Esala (Skt. Asada) is the month of festivals held annually to glorify the gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon, and to beseech their divine help for peace and prosperity of the country. D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930), the British poet and

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Knox’s impressions of the Kandy Perahara

Kandy Esala Perahera

The rehearsal of Kandy’s past glory dates back to several centuries and many early writers have witnessed it from time to time and written about it in great detail. Among those pioneering writers is Robert Knox (1660-1679).

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Sri Dalada Perahara in the unforgettable days gone by

Esala Perahara, 2010 Kandy Sri Lanka

A contemporary poem ‘Dalada Alankaraya’ describe the order of the procession and how the banners were marshalled. After the fall of Kandy on March 2nd, 1815 General Sir Robert Brownrigg Bert held a Perahara a mile long on May 3rd,

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The origin of Sri Dalada Perahera tradition

Carrier of the Relic Casket

The Buddha in His 80th year reached Kusinara (Kushinagar) from Gijjakuta (Rajagaha) for the final passing away (Mahaparinirvana). Venerable Ananda, the Chief Attendant of the Buddha asked the Buddha, “How should one treat the Perfect One’s remains?” The Buddha replied

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Vishnu Devalya of Kandy Kingdom – මහනුවර විශ්ණු දේවාලය

Kandy Vishnu Devale

Different historical documents have called this deity and the Devale by different names. Robert Knox, the English Prisoner has called the deity in this devale “Aluth Nuwara Deiyo”. According to legend the “Aluth Nuwara Deviyo” was brought to Aluth Nuwara in Kegalle District from Devinuwara in Matara.

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Wegiriya Rajamaha Viharaya and Devalaya – වේගිරිය විහාරය

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Wegiriya Rajamaha Viharaya has a long history supported by Brahmi inscriptions belonging to the pre Christian era at a cave with a drip ledge which is called “Vavul Gal Lena”. The construction of the temple is attributed to “Mayim Bandara”.

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Vallahagoda Devalaya at Gampola – වල්ලහගොඩ දේවාලය

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Suriyagoda Rajamaha Viharaya – සූරියගොඩ රජමහා විහාරය

Suriyagoda Rajamaha Viharaya

Suriyagoda Rajamaha Viharaya is located in the Yatinuwara Area along the Kandy -Colombo road. This temple is said to founded in the 15th century by a Rajaguru (Mentor of the King) called Bandara appointed by King Parakramabahu VI of Kotte

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Royal Palace of the Kandyan Kingdom රජ මාලිගාව – මහනුවර රාජධානිය

The Royal Palace of the Kandyan Kingdom

The remains we see today of the Royal Palace of Kandy is the residence of the last king of Kandyan Kingdom, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe (1797 – 1814). But the original palace has been burnt and destroyed several times and rebuilt again by subsequent kings.

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Ran Avuda Mandapaya of Kandyan Kingdom රන් ආයුධ මණ්ඩපය – මහනුවර රාජධානිය

Wood carvings

Reflecting majesty and grandeur of Sri Lanka’s magnificent history and rich traditions, the Ran Avuda Mandapaya stands tall within the premises of the Sri Dalada Maligawa.

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Ulpange (Queen’s Bathing Pavilion) උල්පැන් ගේ

Queens Bathing house on the edge of the Kandy lake

The Ulpange or the Queen’s Bathing Pavilion is situated partly in the waters of the Kandy Lake and the other part on land near the Temple of the Tooth Relic.

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Pusulpitiya Rajamaha Viharaya at Kothmale – කොත්මලේ පුසුල්පිටිය රජමහා විහාරය

Second image house was built in later stages but might be belong to Kandyan era. - Pusulpitiya Rajamaha Viharaya

The Sacred Tooth Relic has found refuge at Kotmale Pusulpitiya Rajamaha Viharaya several times including period during Maga’s invasion (1215-1236) at Polonaruwa.

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Pillaiyar Kovil at Kandy – නුවර පුල්ලේයාර් කෝවිල

Kandy Pillaiyar Kovil

At the entrance to the Kandy city as you travel form Colombo we see near the Kandy Police Station, a Hindu Temple popularly known to the Sinhalese as Pillaiyar Kovil dedicated to God Ganesh,

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Rediscovering the tomb of our last king

The interior of the tomb

Far away from his ancient throne in Kandy, the tomb of Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe lies forgotten in the Indian city of Vellore When I set foot in the Indian city of Vellore, 145 km from Chennai for the first time,

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Place where King Sri Wikrama Rajasinghe was Captured – Tree and stone pillar to be a tourist attraction

Sri Wickrema Rajasinghe - The last King of Ceylon

Sri Wickrema Rajasinghe – the last King of Kandy was captured at a historic place called Mada Maha Nuwara nestling in the mist laden Dumbara valley not far away from Kandy near Teldeniya and taken a virtual prisoner on the

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Tomb of King Sri Wickrama Rajasinhe in Vellore – India

Sri Wickrema Rajasinghe - The last King of Ceylon

A few months ago I visited the Tomb of King Sri Wickrama Rajasinhe, the last king of the Kandyan Kingdom was laid to rest, a victim of political intrigue among the Kandyan chieftains, from which the British took advantage, deposed

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Place where King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe was Captured @ Bomure – ශ්‍රී වික්‍රම රාජසිංහ රජු ඉංග්‍රීසින්ට අසුවූ ස්ථානය

Place where King Sri Wikrama Rajasinghe was Captured @ Bomure

To reach the monument at the Place where King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe was Captured, you need to go to the small town of Medamahanuwara, then walk for 10 minutes to reach the location.

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Pattini Devale in Kandy – මහනුවර පත්තිනි දේවාලය

Door of the Pattini Devale

The “Pattini Devale” dedicated to goddess Pattini is situated to the west of the “Natha devale”. In the past, the two devales were separated by a cross-road called “Et Vidiya” or the Elephant Street which is no more.

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Niyamgampaya Vihara : Seven-storey building to protect Sacred Tooth Relic

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Gampola, situated on the bank of the river Mahaweli, is considered an important area with historical remains. According to the Brahmi inscriptions discovered from areas such as Raja Ela and Vegiriya, Gampola had been inhabited by the Aryan settlers from

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Niyamgampaya Rajamaha Viharaya in Gampola – නියංගම්පාය රජමහා විහාරය

Gampola Niyamgampaya Rajamaha Viharaya

Gampola Niyamgampaya Rajamaha Viharaya is situated at Mariyawattha on the road from Gampola to Nawalapitiya. The origin of the temple is not very clear but according to historical documents it can be assumed that this temple has been in existence since the early Christian Era.

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Nittawela Raja Maha Viharaya – Kandy නිට්ටවෙල රජමහා විහාරය

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Nittawela Raja Maha Viharaya which accommodated venerable Velivita Sri Sarankara in his educational activities during the reign of King Narendrasinghe (1707 – 1739) must have been existed from much earlier times.

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Ship graffiti at Natha Devale in Kandy

Natha Devalya - Kandy

Adapted from an article first published as ‘Sailing ships and temple walls’ in ‘Honouring Martin Quéré o.m.i’, ed. Gérard ROBUCHON, Viator Publications 2002, ISBN 955-8736-00-7 Preamble The present paper is an account of work in progress on a subject the

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Natha Devale – Kandy [2] මහනුවර නාථ දේවාලය

Kandy Natha Devalya

Hatara Devala or the four devalas dedicated to gods Natha, Vishnu, Pattini and Kataragama have a long and close association with the Dalada Maligawa and are held sacred by Buddhists and the Hindus alike. Three of these devalas are situated

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Natha Devalaya – The oldest surviving building in Kandy

Kandy Natha Devalya

Almost adjoining the Kandy Dalada Maligawa separated by an imposing brick wall is the shrine of the Natha Deviyo. There are three entrances to these premises. Two of which pass through roofed and ornamented entrance gateway buildings with doratupala figures

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Natha Devalaya at Kandy – මහනුවර නාථ දේවාලය

Kandy Natha Devalya

Natha Devalaya is one of the Hatara Devale in the Kandy, the other three being the Vishnu, Kataragama and Patini. These four Devalayas have a long association with the Royal Palace ( Maha Vasala) and the Temple of Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa)

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Naga Vimanaya (Sri Naga Viharaya) in Kandy – නාග විමානය

Naga Vimanaya (Sri Naga Viharaya)

Just above the Malwatu Maha Viharaya in Kandy and near the present Wales Park on the hills is found a small but beautiful old viharaya called Naga Vimanaya. This is a supposed to be a place where Velivita Sri Saranankara Thero lived for some time.

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Medawala Rajamaha Viharaya [Si] – මැදවල රජමහා විහාරය

Tampita Viharaya of Medawala Rajamaha Viharaya

ජනශ්‍රති අනුව මැදවල විහාරයේ ඉතිහාසය වට්ටගාමණී අභය රජුගේ (ක‍්‍රී.පූ. 103 කාලසීමාව දක්වා ගමන්කරයි. එතුමා මලය දේශයේ ගතකළ සමයේ මෙම විහාරස්ථානය ඉදිකළ බව දැක්වෙයි.

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Araththana Rajamaha Vihara Tampita Viharaya – අරත්තන පුරාණ රජමහා විහාර ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Arattana Tampita Viharaya

The superstructure of the Minimarupitiya Tampita Viharaya is composed of wattle and daub and is square in shape. The height of the doorway is about four feet and its dimensions are 10 feet by 15 feet, standing on six stone dwarf pillars.

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An Impressive Museum in the Malwatta Temple Tells the Story of the Last ‘Sangaraja’ or the king of the monks

Entrance to the Malwatu Maha Viharaya

A wealth of historical detail awaits those who venture through long, winding corridors of the Malwatta temple in Kandy to the museum that lies within. The ‘Weliwita Saranankara Sangaraja Museum‘ houses artefacts of the last ‘Sangaraja’ or the king of

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Malwatu Maha Viharaya at Kandy – මල්වතු මහා විහාරය

Entrance to the Malwatu Maha Viharaya

Across the lake from the temple of the Tooth Relic, is situated one of the great centres of the Sangha, belonging to the Siam Nikaya, known as “Malwatu Maha Viharaya”. This great monastery consists of two sections.

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Magul Maduwa (Audience Hall) of the Kandyan Palace – මගුල් මඩුව – මහනුවර රාජධානිය

Magul Maduwa of the Kandyan Kingdom

The “Magul Maduwa” of the Palace is where the king met his ministers and and carried out his daily administrative tasks. This was also known as the “Maha Naduwa” (high court) by the local residence as this building was used by the king as the court.

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Lankatilaka Raja Maha Viharaya [2] – ලංකාතිලක රජමහා විහාරය

Side view of the main image house

The Lankatilaka Raja Maha Viharaya bears the same name as the famous construction of Parakramabahu I at Polonnaruwa. Inscriptional evidence at the site provides information regarding the date, the founder and the chief architect.

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Lankatilaka Raja Maha Viharaya – ලංකාතිලක රජමහා විහාරය

Makara Thorana (Dragon Pandol) at the Entrnace of the Image House

The majestic Lankatilaka Raja Maha Viharaya, believed to be one of the most magnificent architectural edifice in the Gampola kingdom, was built at the crest of a large rock named “Panhalgala” overlooking the Hantane mountain range in the Hiripitiya hamlet in Udunuwara.

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Kataragama Devalaya of Kandyan Kingdom – මහනුවර කතරගම දේවාලය

Kandy Kataragama Devalaya

The Kataragama Devalaya at Kandy is run by Hindu priests unlike the other 3 devales in Kandy. The entrance to the main shrine faces the main street through a colorfully ornamented vahalkada.

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Kandy Lake (Nuwara Weva) – නුවර වැව

Queens Bathing house on the edge of the Kandy lake

Kandy Lake or the Nuwara Wewa was built by the last king of Kandy (and of Sri Lanka), Sri Wikrama Rajasinhe to beatify the Temple of the Tooth Relic (Dalada Maligawa) by excavating paddy fields in 1807. He called this artificial lake the :Kiri Muhuda” or the Milky Ocean.

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