Balangoda Elugala Tampita Rajamaha Viharaya – බලංගොඩ එළුගාල ටැම්පිට රජමහා විහාරය

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The Tampita Viharaya of Elugala Rajamaha Viharaya

The Tampita Viharaya of Elugala Rajamaha Viharaya
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The Banlangoda Pinnawela Elugala Rajamaja Viharaya is a ancient Tampita Temple in the Kanathiriyanwela village.  Believed to be connected to King Vatta Gamini Abaya (aka King Walagamba)(103 BC to 89 BC) this temple has been seen the patronage of king Mayadunne (1521-1581),  Seetawaka Rajasinhe (1581 – 1591?) and many kings of the Kandyan Kingdom. The new name of this temple is Sri Pushparama Purana Rajamaha Viharaya.

The Elugala Rajamaja Viharaya is said to have carried the Pirith Nilaya of the Bolthumbe Sumana Saman Devalaya in the past.

Tampita Viharaya at Elugala is built upon a wooden platform built upon a frame of large timber beams laid upon 16 granite stumps. Although the exterior of the structure has not seen any changes, the image house within the structue has been complety redone including the Buddha statues, paintings of the walls and roof destroying any historical value of the structure.

Elugala Rajamaha Viharaya can be reached from Balangoda by taking the Balangoda Bogawanthalawa Road for 9.5 kms and then taking the Minuwan Arawa Road and traveling 600 meters along this road.

Alternate Names : Pinnawala Sri Pushparama Purana Tampita Rajamaha Viharaya

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Driving Directions To Elugala Tampita Rajamaha Viharaya

Route from Balangoda to Elugala Tampita Raja Maha Viharaya

Though : Bogawanthalawa Road
Distance : 10 km
Travel time : 15 mins
Driving directions : see on google map

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