Kandasurindugama Gallen Viharaya at Kataragama – කතරගම කඳසුරිඳුගම ගල්ලෙන් විහාරය

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As you travel to Kataragama from Tissa, just before Kataragama lies the Gamudawa Main Access Road (Kandasurindugama Raja Mawatha)  at a large 3 way junction. Traveling 2.2 kms on this route you will come across the ancient cave temple of Kandasurindugama Gallen Viharaya.

Built on an ancient cave temple complex with drip ledged caves, the most important artifact of this cave temple is  the partial pillar inscription of King Nissanka Malla (1187-1196) of Polonnaruwa Kingdom. Known as Nissanka Tam Lipi ( Nissanka Pillar Inscriptions), these inscriptions had been placed every mile along the ancient road from Polonnaruwa to Ambalanthora Ramba Rajamaha Viharaya. These inscriptions were placed in the southern country establish his rule over the Ruhunu Kingdom and demanded the authority of him and the Polonnaruwa Kingdom.

Unfortunately only two of these pillar inscriptions survive in the Kataragama area today. The other lies in the Kataragama Museum. A second pillar at the Wathuruwa Rajamaha Viharaya at Sella Kataragama.

The third which was at this temple had been destroyed by an unknown group in 2013.

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Travel Directions to Kataragama Kandasurindugama Gallen Viharaya

Route from Tissamaharama Town to  Kataragama Kandasurindugama Gallen Viharaya

Through :  Tissa – Kirinda Road
Distance : 16 km
Travel time : 20 minutes
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