Kiriyathanna Sri Sudarshanarama Tampita Rajamaha Viharaya – කිරියාතැන්න ශ්‍රී සුදර්ශනාරාමය ටැම්පිට විහාරය

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The Tampita Vihara Ge of the Kiriyathanna Sri Sudarshanarama Rajamaha Viharaya

The Tampita Vihara Ge of the Kiriyathanna Sri Sudarshanarama Rajamaha Viharaya
image source : ‘The Upcountry Repository of Buddhist Art – The Tampita Vihara of Sri Lanka’ By Ganga Rajinee Dissanayaka

Kiriyathanna Sri Sudarshanarama Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient temple hidden just 7 km from Mawanella.

Among the many modern buildings in the temple, one of the unique features a visitor could observe at this temple  is the ancient Tampita Viharaya. Tampita Vihara were a popular architectural feature of temples during the Kandyan era. Tampita Vihara is built on a wooden platform assembled on granite pillars rising from the ground.

The uniqueness of this Tampita Viharaya is that this is built at the center of the Bana Maduwa (Dharma Shalawa – Preaching Hall) making it rather a internal structure of the Bana  Maduwa. The pillars of this hall is cuylindrical hinting dutch architectural features and possibly a later extension to the tampita viharya.

Pillars of this temple are 6 feet 4 inches tall, comparatively taller than the usual Tampita Viharaya. The structure is built on 12 granite pillars out of which 8 has been plastered. Only four pillars can be identified as granite.

The image house on the Tampita Viharaya is 9 feet 7 inches long and 7 feet 6 inches wide. There is a circumambulating path around the image house  protected by a wooden balustrade.  At the top of the entrance you find 1932.8.11 inscribed, the date which this structure has been renovated. The door frames and the paintings of the image house have been replaced during renovation. The paintings on outer wall depict scenes from hell. A seated Buddha statue flanked by two standing Buddha statues can be found inside the image hall.

To reach the temple take the Rambukkama Road from Mawanella and travel for 6.6 km till you come across the by road towards Kiriyathanna. The temple is just 100 meters in to the Kiriyathanna road.

Primary Source : Sri Lankawe Tampita Vihara
by Kusumsiri Wijewardhana

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Traveling Directions to Kiriyathanna Sri Sudarshanarama Rajamaha Viharaya

Route from Mawanella to Kiriyathanna Sri Sudarshanarama Rajamaha Viharaya

Distance : 6.7 km
Travel time : 20 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map

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