Ruins of Kumpuruppitti Buddhist Site in Velanai at Kayts Island

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PLATE 1 : Chunnakam Excavations (where the Vallipuram statue was found)
PLATE 1 : Chunnakam Excavations (where the Vallipuram statue was found)
source : Nagadipa and Buddhist Remains of Jaffna by P.E Pieris and D. Litt. in the “Journal of the Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland” Vol. 26, No. 70, Part I. (1917), Published by: Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (RASSL)

Dr. Ponnampalam Ragupathy in his PhD thesis and its publication as “Early settlements in Jaffna : An Archaeological Survey” in 1987 records some closeby sites with signs of early settlements amidst the paddy fields north east of Velanai Junction in Kayts Island of Jaffna.

The major site of this complex is Kumpuruppitti where Dr Ragupathy records structural remains and artifacts scattered in an area of 10-15 acres. He records a mound with limestone slabs and chiselled coral stones resembling a stupa. Grooved tiles were noticed in concentrations on one side of this mound, which has become a pond because of heavy earth-scooping. The concentration and variety of the artifacts in the vicinity denote the importance of the site. No photos of the site are presented.

The other sites, Nittil, Colavattai and Avarantula are neighbouring sites where the pottery distribution is sparse. A carved circular stone slab that looks like a quern for making sandal wood paste has been discovered at Avarantula.

This report is now over 40 years old and during the the Tamil Terrorist war which lasted for over 30 years, whether any remains can be found is doubtful. However the respective authorities should research on such places and preserve any ancient heritage for the future generations.

The location of this site is given as Latitude : 9°38’50.0″N and Longitude : 79°53’55.0″E.

Kumpuruppitti, Cölavattai, Nittil, Avarantalä : Velanai Island Sites map from Early settlements in Jaffna : An Archaeological Survey
Kumpuruppitti, Cölavattai, Nittil, Avarantalä : Velanai Island Sites map from Early settlements in Jaffna : An Archaeological Survey

References

  • Ragupathy, P., 1987. Early settlements in Jaffna : An Archaeological Survey. 1st ed. Madras: Sudarsan Graphics.

Also See

Map of Buddhist Ruins at Ruins of Kumpuruppitti Buddhist Site in Velanai in Jaffna

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