Gammannagoda Sri Sudarshanarama Tampita Viharaya is an ancient temple which lies among the cluster of Tampita Vihara temples such as Kariyagama, Asmadala, Wakirigala, Lewke and Danagirigala. According to folklore this temple has been built by a army commander called Kandure Bandara 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 paintings drawn mainly in Kandyan style.
The Tampita Viharaya at this temple is built on 15 granite stumps of about 2 feet tall. The wooden platform is built on large timber beams measuring 7 inches in height and 11 inches wide laid across the granite stumps. The chamber of the Tampita Viharaya is 13 feet 10 inches long and 11 feet 5 inches wide. A 2 feet wide circumambulating path is built around the image house with a half height wall at the edge. 12 wooden pillars along with the walls of the inner chamber hold a hip roof.
Entrance to the chamber is through a door frame carved in form of a crescent (Chandrawanka). Three Buddha statues lie inside this chamber. The main statue is a seven feet six inch high seated statue which is flanked by two seven foot standing Buddha statues. All three statues are complete with the ‘Siraspatha” on the head and the auras wrapped around the whole body.
The bodies of the statues are painted with golden colour. The robe of the seated statue is painted in red and the robes on the standing statues are painted in yellow. Archaeology department has recreated some of the damaged parts of the statues. The original paintings of the building have been repainted destroying their value. The archaeology department has recovered some original paintings from the outer wall but the content of the pictures are not clear.
by Kusumsiri Wijewardhana
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|Route from Mawanella to Gammannagoda Sri Sudarshanarama Tampita Viharaya|
|Though : Hemmathagama road|
distance : 9 km
Travel time : 30 minutes
Time to spend : 30- 45 mins
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