Godawaya Gotha Pabbatha Rajamaha Viharaya – Ambalantota – අම්බලංතොට ගෝත පබ්බත රජමහා විහාරය

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Godawaya Gotha Pabbatha Rajamaha Viharaya

Godawaya Gotha Pabbatha Rajamaha Viharaya
Image courtesy of Dr. Ashan Geeganage

Gotha Pabbatha Rajamaha Viharaya is situated on rocky outcrop near the mouth of the Walawe River in Godawaya which is a small fishing hamlet located between Ambalantota and Hamantota. The temple believed to have been built by Regional king Gotabaya (King Kavanthissa’s father) in the 2nd century BC. Godawaya is a ancient shipping port active as far as 2nd centaury BC. The temple is

also believed to be have been used as the administrative centre of this port. An inscription found in the vicinity of the temple records that a later king decreed that the taxes from the Port of Godavaya be dedicated to the temple.

Sri lankan and German archeologists have been excavating this monastery complex and on the west side of the monastery an elevated ancient image house and a chapter house have been excavated. Three different statues were discovered here: A standing Buddha about 3.50 meters tall and two Bodhisattva statues each about 1.80 meters in height. These statues even have traces of the original color.

Historians have been especially interested in the Customs Building, located on the east side of the ancient monastery, which was decorated with ornaments showing an elephant placing his trunk in lotus flowers. Clay seals bearing the the emblem of a lion were used to seal goods and cargo as proof that the customs duty was paid.

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Traveling Directions to Gotha Pabbatha Rajamaha Viharaya at Godawaya

Route from Colombo to Gotha Pabbatha Rajamaha Viharaya at Godawaya

Route from Hambanthota to Gotha Pabbatha Rajamaha Viharaya at Godawaya

Via : Southern Expressway
distance : 240 km ( this distance and will be 130 km and time will be approx 4.5 hours when the southern expressway is extended upto Matara)
Travel time : 5 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
distance :17 km
Travel time : 30 mins
Driving directions : see on google map

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