Hingula Tampita Rajamaha Viharaya – හිඟුල ටැම්පිට රජමහා විහාරය

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Hingula Tampita Rajamaha Viharaya

Hingula Tampita Rajamaha Viharaya
Photo by : Dhamma Siddhi Dhammasiddhi

Hingula Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient temple with a Tampita Viharaya  hidden just a kilometer away from the Kandy Road and 5 km from the Mawanella in Kegalle District. To reach the temple travel 4.3 km from Mawanella junction towards Kandy and take the right turn on to Aluthnuwara Road. Take the narrow concrete laid road to the  right again after 800 meters  on this road. 100 meters down this road you will reach Bodhimaluwa Viharaya, another interesting temple and 500 merters down this road will bring you to the   Hingula Tampita Viharaya.

The temple hich had been in a dilapidated state is said to have been completely renovated by  Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe of Kandyan Kingdom. Therefore this temple is also known as the Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe Viharaya.

A unique feature of this temple that a visitor could observe at this temple  is the Tampita Viharaya. Tampita Vihara were a popular architectural feature of temples during the Kandyan era. The temple is built on top of granite stumps with wooden platform laid across the stumps.

The Tampita Viharaya structure at Hingula is 20 feet long and 17 feet wide. The image chamber is 12 feet 6 inches long and 9 feet 6 inches wide. The whole structure is built on thirteen 6 feet high granite pillars. A 3 feet wide circumambulating path is built around the image house with a half height wall at the edge. A granite stairway with a wooden balustrade leads to the temple entrance.

This structure has gone through some major renovations recently losing most of the originality. The foot of the pillars have been cemented and the wooden floor of the tampita viharaya has been replaced with concrete. The two guard deities at the entrance has been painted in blue.  The paintings inside the temple too are of recent origin.

Primary Source : Sri Lankawe Tampita Vihara
by Kusumsiri Wijewardhana
Hingula Tampita Rajamaha Viharaya

Hingula Tampita Rajamaha Viharaya
Photo by : Sarana Thissa

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Traveling to Hingula Tampita Rajamaha Viharaya

Route from Mawanella to Hingula Tampita Rajamaha Viharaya

Distance : 5.5 m
Travel time : 10  mins
Driving directions : see on google map

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