Hathagala Purana Tampita Viharaya – හාතාගල පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

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Tampita Viharaya of Hathagala Purana Rajamaha Viharaya

Tampita Viharaya of Hathagala Purana Rajamaha Viharaya
photo by : Madushanka S. Manawarathna

Hathagala Purana Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient temple in the Southern province lying between Hungama and Nonagama along the Matara – Hambantota road. Today this temple is also a pirivena providing education to Buddhist monks.

Much of history of this temple is lost in time, but the temple has received royal patronage of king Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe (1747 – 1781) of Kandyan kingdom. The Tampita Viharaya in the temple has been built by Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe and a large bronze statue of Buddha gifted by the king is still in possession of the temple.

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 and the inner walls are generally covered with frescoes drawn mainly in Kandyan style.

To reach the temple, travel 1.5 km from Hungama junction towards Hambantota  to reach Deniya junction. Take the left turn and travel 350 meters to reach the temple.

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Traveling to Hathagala Purana Tampita Viharaya

Route from Matara to Hathagala Purana Tampita Viharaya

Distance : 59 km
Travel time : 1.5 hours
Time to spend : 20- 30 mins
Driving directions : see on google map

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