Kanugala Sri Pushparama Purana Tampita Viharaya (කණුගල ශ්‍රී පුෂ්පාරාම පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය)

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Kanugala Sri Pushparama Purana Tampita Viharaya is an ancient Buddhist temple in the Kurunegala district with a rather tall Tampita Viharaya (temple on pillars) built during ancient times.

It is said that the stable for elephants for the kings of Dambadeniya was in this area. Since the Kanu (pillars) to which the elephants were tied were in this area, this was known as Kanugala. According to folklore, an army commander called Weerabahu, a new nephew of king Parakramabahu II (1244 -1279) ruled this area and it is said that he built this temple.

The Tampita Viharaya is built on a wooden platform on six large granite stumps. A wooden ladder with 5 steps leads to the circumambulating path is built around the image house protected by a balustrade. The path is narrow except at the front. Wooden pillars around the path are caved with various designs popular among Kandyan artists and hold the roof tiled with flat clay tiles typical of roofs built during the Kandyan kingdom.

The entrance to the image house is built in the form of Sooryawanka. Two statues of guardian deities carrying pots of plenty stand beside the entrance. A dragon’s arch (makara thorana) lies at the top with 3 deities each on two sites.

the walls of the inner chamber are adorned with clay figures of deities by the entrance. A seated Samadhi Buddha lies at the centre pedestal inside the image house. Two standing Buddha statues stand facing each other on the side walls. The inner and outer walls of the image house are covered in murals from the Kandyan era.

To reach the temple, take the Bihalpola Road from Muthugala Junction after passing Dambadeniya if travelling from Colombo. After 2km, turn right at Galgammulla Mummana Muthugala road and travel a further 2.7 km up to the Wagolla Junction bus stop. Take the left turn from this junction at the direction board to the Tampita Viharaya. This part of the road is not on Google Maps.

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Travel Directions to Kanugala Sri Pushparama Purana Tampita Viharaya

Route from Colombo to Kanugala Sri Pushparama Purana Tampita Viharaya

Route from Kurunegala to Kanugala Sri Pushparama Purana Tampita Viharaya

Though : Katunayake Highway – Minuwangoda – Divulapitiya – Giriulla – Dambadeniya
Distance : 85 km
Travel time : 2-2.5  hours
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Though : Narammala
Distance : 33 km
Travel time :1  hour
Driving directions : see on google map

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