Dambadeniya Galgamuwa Tampitagoda Purana Tampita Viharaya – දඹදෙනිය ගල්ගමුව පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

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Galgamuwa Purana Viharaya  is an ancient temple built during the Kandyan kingdom lying in Alawwa Divisional Secretary’s Division in Galgamuwa,  Maharachchimulla. This temple is also known as “Maharachchimulla Viharaya” or “Tampitagoda Viharaya”. This temple lie about 5 km off Matiyagane between Dambadeniya and Narammala. From Dambadeniya travel towards Narammala upto Matiyagane (4 km) and take Maharachchimulla Road on the right. Continue on this road to 2.7 km and the road folks in to 2 and take right lane. After about 2 km you will come across the Galgamuwa Reservoir by the road. Halfway pass the  reservoir there is a  by lane to the right next to a co-op city building. The temple lies 300 m down this road.

This temple hides 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. The roof is held by a structure built of timber and the walls are generally made of wattle and daub. Walls inside the chamber is more or less always covered in murals drawn mainly in Kandyan style.

The Tampita Viharaya at the Galgamuwa Purana Viharaya is built on 20 granite stumps.  A circumambulating path is build around the image house. The roof is tiled with typical Kandyan era flat clay tiles. An granite Sandakada Pahana (moonstone)  lies at the entrance to the structure. Two guardian deities stand guard at the entrance to the image house. A seated and and a standing Buddha lie in the Image House chamber. The walls are filled with murals drawn in Kanyan style.

This Tampita Viharaya has been declared as an protected archaeological monument in the gazette issued on 23 February 2007 and is described as “Tampita Vihara in the premises of Tampitagoda Vihara in Galgamuwa South Grama Niladhari Division in Alawwa Divisional Secretariat Division, Kurunegala District, North Western Province.”

Primary Source : පෞරාණික ස්ථාන හා ස්මාරක – කුරුනෑගල දිස්ත්‍රික්කය
by Department of Archaeology

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Driving Directions to Dambadeniya Galgamuwa Purana Tampita Viharaya

Route from Giriulla to Dambadeniya Galgamuwa Purana Tampita Viharaya

Though : Dambadeniya – Metiyagane – Galgamuwa Reservoir Bund road
distance : 15  km
Travel time :40 mins
Time to spend : 20-30  mins
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