Karambewa is a remote village lying between Alankulama and Siyambalewa in Anamaduwa. Sri Sudarshanarama Purana Viharaya in Karambewa is an ancient temple with a Tampita Viharaya built during the era of the Kandyan kingdom.
Although the history of this Tampita Viharaya is not known, most temples in this area goes as far back as the reign of king Walagamba. These temples were revived again during the reign of king Wimaladharmasuriya (1592 – 1604) of Kandyan kingdom .
A Tampita Viharaya is a structure built on a wooden platform which rests on number of stone stumps usually 3-4 feet tall. The roof is held by a structure built of timber and the walls are generally made of wattle and daub. These buildings were a popular religious architectural design during the Kandyan period.
The Tampita Viharaya at the Karambewa Purana Viharaya is built upon 10 granite pillars which are about 3 1/2 feet high. These pillars are decorated with with wooden pillar heads. The end of wooden cross beams which lies on top of the pillars are too carved. The door frame at the entrance to the building is carved with flowes and creepers on the side beams. Once you enter from this door, you enter in to a narrow circumambulating path around the inner chamber. Sun light to the path is channeled through small windows on the sides.
The outer walls of the inner chamber indicates that it was covered in murals but most of it has faded with time. Entrance to the inner chamber is through another carved wooden door frame built in chandrawanka design. This door is flanked by two guardian deities. Inside this chamber lies a seated Budddha statue at the center with deity Vishnu (protector of the island Sri Lanka) on the left and Maithree Buddha on the right facing each other. Next to these two statues lies two standing Buddha statues. All the statues inside this viharaya seems have been rebuilt during latter times.
The walls of the inner chamber as well as the wooden roof is covered in murals although most these show advance stages of decay.
The stupa of the Tampita Viharaya at the temple were declared as protected archaeological monuments by the gazette dated 23 January 2009 which describes the site as below ;
“The The Tempita vihare and ancient dagoba belonging to the Sri Sudharsanarama vhiare premises situated in the Grama Niladhari Division of Karambewa in the Divisional Secretary’s Division of Anamaduwa, in Puttalam District, North Western Province. ”
This temple lies 8.5 kmfrom Anamaduwa town. To reach the temple take the Galgamuwa road for 5.7 km up to Thalgaswewa and take the right turn (Thalkolawewa road) just before the Thalgas Wewa reservoir. Travel 1 km on the road and take the gravel road on the left. Travel 1.8 km towards Karambewa Wewa Reservoir to reach the temple.
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Map of the Karambewa Sri Sudarshanarama Purana Tampita Viharaya
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Driving Directions to Karambewa Sri Sudarshanarama Purana Tampita Viharaya
Route from Anamaduwa to Karambewa Sri Sudarshanarama Purana Tampita Viharaya
|Though : Thalakolawewa|
distance : 8.5 km
Travel time :15 minutes
Time to spend : 30 mins
Driving directions : see on google map