Kolambagama Miyugunarama Rajamaha Viharaya – කොළඹගම මියුගුණාරාම රජමහා විහාරය

Kolambagama Miyugunarama Rajamaha Viharaya

Kolambagama Miyugunarama Rajamaha Viharaya

Colombagama lies in the Kurunegala district  close to Chillaw – Wariyapola Road. The Kolambagama Miyugunarama Rajamaha Viharaya is considered as one of the first temples built by King Devanampiyatissa (250-210 BC) after he became a Buddhist with the visit of Great Mahinda Thero. It is said that the king built temples at every gauwa ( approximately 4 miles ?) and this is considered one of the very first built by him.

The temple is today more popular for its Sri Vishnu Devalaya which is built in form of a Tampita Viharaya. Although most Tampita Viharaya’s are built on four rock pillars, this shrine room is built using 23 boulders of different sizes placed to keep the four wooden bases in place. It is said that the building technology was weakened during the beginning of Kandyan Kingdom when the country had been unstable for centuries due to internal and external invations. It is believed that this shrine room had been built during this era.

The Tampita shrine room is completely built with timber and all these are carved with various designs such as mallawa pora (wrestling), angam pora (local form of marshal arts) and cock fights.

The temple also owns ‘Garunda Pashana Pilimaya’ which is said to be used as a object of veneration before the time of Buddha Statues. Another interesting feature is the ancient buddha statue with Varada Mudra which is uncommon in Sri Lanka.

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Travel Directions to Kolambagama Miyugunarama Rajamaha Viharaya

Route from Colombo to Kolambagama Miyugunarama Rajamaha Viharaya

Through : Negombo – Chillaw
Distance : 121 km
Travel time : 3 hours
Driving directions : see on google map

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