Built during king Devanapiyatissa era (250-210 BC), Buttala Happoruwa Purana Viharaya (Hathporuwa Purana Viharaya) is an ancient temple on the Sella Kataragama – Buttala road.
According to historical records, when the sapling of the Sri Maha Bodhi of India was planted in Anuradhapura Mahamevuna Uyana, 8 offshoots sprung from it and were planted in various locations throughout the country. Four offshoots sprung from each of the 8 trees and these 32 offshoots were again distributed to various parts of the country. The first 8 trees are known as ‘Ashtapala Maha Bodhi’ and the next 32 are known as ‘Dethispala Maha Bodhi‘. One of these 32 Bodhi’s 0ne was planted at the Buttala Happoruwa Purana Viharya. Thus the Bodhi tree at Happoruwa is thought to be over 2000 years old.
In addition to the Bodhiya, you will also see ruins of an ancient stupa, now resembling a mound of earth. No restoration effort has been carried out so far.
According to an article in Wikipidia, a Tampita Viharaya at the temple has been declared as a protected archaeological monument in 2002.
The temple lies 2.5 km from Buttala town on the Buttala road.
Map of the Buttala Happoruwa Purana Tampita Viharaya
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Driving Directions to Buttala Happoruwa Purana Tampita Viharaya
|Route from Buttala to Happoruwa Purana Tampita Viharaya|
|Though : Kataragama Road|
distance : 2.5 km
Travel time 5 mins
Time to spend : 20 – 30 mins
Driving directions : see on google map