Sri Sudharmarama Maha Viharaya – Etambagaskada – ඇටඹගස්කඩ ශ්රී සුධර්මාරාම මහා විහාරය
The are number of villages by the name of Etambagaskada but the Sri Sudharmarama Maha Viharaya lies in Etambagaskada in Vavuniya district. It is said that the jungles of Etambagaskada are scattered with Buddhist ruins only known to old villagers and during the war, most of them have been destroyed by the Tamil LTTE Terrorists and what ever escaped the terrorists by relic hunters after the war. Unfortunately even upto today, These sites are being plundered freely by various groups.
Etambagaskada Sri Sudharmarama Maha Viharaya is an rather new temple built on an ancient buddhist site near the Etambagaskada Reservoir. The temple has been built by ven. Ehetuwawe Saddhathissa Thero in 1941 with great difficulties and survived the LTTE era with the support of the Sri Lankan Army.
Although there is nothing much of antiquity, a unique inscription stone can be seen discovered from the Etambagaskada Reservoir. This is about 4 feet in height and 15 inches wide. The inscription is made on five lies with deep crevices cut to seperate lines. At the top of the inscription is a carving of a dog carrying something in its mouth.
According to historian Medhananda Thero, the inscription is wasted but it states the produce from the land within the hearing distance of a drummers (hevisi) sound belongs to a Meheni Aramaya called Mahinda and any person violating this decree will be reborn as a dog or a crow. Since this was found at the reservoir, it may be that the the reservoir was donated to the Meheni Aramaya which was located at this site.
Travel Directions to Etambagaskada Sri Sudharmarama Maha Viharaya
Route from Anuradhapura up to Etambagaskada Sri Sudharmarama Maha Viharaya
|Distance : 7 km
Travel time : 20 mins
Driving directions : see on google map
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