Gatabaru Rajamaha Viharaya – ගැටබරු රජමහා විහාරය

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Gatabaru Rajamaha Viharaya
Stupa at the top of the maintain – Gatabaru Rajamaha Viharaya

Gatabaru Raja Maha Viharaya (Getabaru Raja Maha Viharaya) is on a mountain top on the Akuressa – Deniyaya Road (A17) between Morawaka and Deniyaya. Until recently this temple has been rather neglected due to the rough terrain of the location. But now a good tar road has been built from the bottom of the mountain to the temple. The climb is strenuous even for a vehicle. From the park you have to do some climbing to reach the cave image house (temple) and devale and more climbing to reach the stupa. on the route to the Cave Temple is a golden casket made to the shape of a stupa displayed in a glass room.

This temple has now become popular for the Getabaru Deiyo where people come to pray, bring an offering (“puja”) or make a vows (“bara”). In addition Gatabaru Deviyo is also a popular god for placing curses to take revenge of the enemies. The God Getabaru is said to be a representation of the dark side of the God Kataragama.


Due to the karmic effect of the good deeds of the Buddhists God Kataragama risen so much in the hierarchy of the gods, Getabaru had to leave Kataragama, so he withdrew to an isolated place on a mountain top in the interior near Morawaka on the road from lying close to the Akurassa to Deniyaya. There in isolation and, as it were, far from the official Buddhist world he exercises now his despised yet well appreciated powers. People fear and therefore also respect his power to curse.

The annual Esala Perahera of Getabaru Maha Devale is supposed to be the second biggest (next to Kataragama) in the the Matara District.

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Traveling Directions to Gatabaru Rajamaha Viharaya

The temple is between 69 and 70 KM posts on the A17 route (Akurassa – Deniyaya Road)

Route I from Colombo to Gatabaru TempleRoute from Galle to Gatabaru Temple
Via : Southern Expressway – Welipenna – Neluwa – Morawaka
Distance : 175 km
Travel time :4- hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Via : Southern Express way – Imaduwa – Akuressa
Distance : 76 km –
Travel time : 2 hours
Driving directions : see on google map