Jeewana Purana Tampita Viharaya

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Jeewana Purana Tampita Viharaya
Jeewana Purana Tampita Viharaya

From Kegalle take the Polgahawela road for about 5 km and then turn off at the Devalagama junction to the Pussalla by road for about 500 meters to reach the Jeewana Rajamaha Viharaya.

The pillars of Tampita Vihara are usually 3-4 feet high. But due to the height of the pillars in this Tampita temple, its lower part is used as a basement. A roof has been added surrounding the pillars of the Tampita temple to protect the basement.

The entrance to the temple is through a wooden door. The upper cross bar of the door frame is decorated with a carving of a Narilatha at the center with flowers leaf carvings on the sides. At the base of the doorposts is a carved dancer holding a bouquet of flowers.

Mr F. H. Pryce has made the following note in his diary on March 28, 1886 about Jeevana.

At Jivana there is a picturesque flight of 168 stone steps, said to have been built long ago by a priest who lived on the summit of the hill. reminded me of Mihintale. Made a detour at Waragoda on the way back to visit a ruined viharaya, which has not been used for some generations. The villagers who cut the way up to it declared that neither they nor anybody else (in their recollection) had ever been up to it previously. It is a rock temple, but contains nothing of interest beyond its odour of antiquity.


  • විතානාච්චි, චන්දන රෝහණ, 2016. පෞරාණික ස්ථාන හා ස්මාරක : කෑගල්ල දිස්ත්‍රික්කය. 1st ed. කොළඹ: පුරාවිද්‍යා දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව.
  • H.C.P බෙල් (සිංහල පරිවර්තනය කොත්මලේ කේ. බී. ඒ. එඩ්මන්ඩ් ), 2005. ලංකා පුරාවිද්‍යා ගවේෂණය කෑගල්ල දිස්ත්‍රික්කය පිලිබඳ වාර්තාව (Report On The Kegalle District – 1892 : සිංහල පරිවර්තනය). 1st ed. කොළඹ: පුරාවිද්‍යා දෙපාර්තුමේන්තුව.

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Travel Directions to Jeewana Tampita Viharaya

From Mawanella to Jeewana Tampita Viharaya
Though : Devalagama
Distance : 6 km
Travel time : 20 mins
Time to Spend : about 15-30  minutes
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