Kasagala Rajamaha Viharaya at Weeraketiya – වීරකැටිය කසාගල රජමහා විහාරය

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Weeraketiya Kasagala Rajamaha Viharaya
Weeraketiya Kasagala Rajamaha Viharaya
photograph by : Sandamal Dissanayake

Kasagala Rajamaha Viharaya which belongs to the area of Angunakolapalessa Pradeshiya Sabha is situated about 9.6 km. away from Ranna junction of Weeraketiya – Ranna road. It is believed that the Kasagala Rajamaha Viharaya go back as far as the time of King Devanampiyatissa (250-210 BC), who planted the one of the ‘Dethispala Bodhi Tree’, a sapling of the Sri Maha Bodhi at this temple.

Two medium sized stupas can be seen at this temple. The one on the top of the rocky plateau has been built by King Devanampiyatissa (250-210 BC) and the other stupa is believed to be the the stupa built by King Saddhatissa (137-119 BC), brother of King Dutugemunu.

Kasagala Rajamaha Viharaya had received royal patronage of many kings starting from the King Devanampiyatissa. King Kavanthissa (200-160 BC) had built some building to this temple and according to ancient sources these have been renovated by King Dappula I (659 AD) and then again by king Vijayabahu I (1070-1110).

King Dutugemunu is said to have used this area as a army camp and a place which had been built by later kings has been converted to the Image House and and a gold buddha statue has been donated by the King Kirthi Sri Rajashinge (1747 – 1781) of the Kandyan Kingdom. Even today you can see the frescoes and statues belonging to the Kandyan era.

Weeraketiya Kasagala Rajamaha Viharaya lies in a area covered with rocks and it is said that the monks dried their saffron colored robes on these slabs and these were seen as saffron colored rocks from far way. Thus the name ‘Kasagala’ was  coined to the temple. But according to a rock inscription dated to 2nd century, this temple has been called “Kawagala Pabbata” during that time.

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Through : Tangalle
Distance : 53 km
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