Kuruwilkulam Archaeological Ruins in Mullaitivu

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Kuruwilkulam Reservoir is located in the village of Udayarkattu South 47 in Puthukkudiyiruppu Divisional Secretariat. JP In 1895, Mr. J.P. Lewis, in his report on the Archaeology of Vanni to the 13th volume of the Royal Asiatic Society, reports that this place was formerly known as Kuravil Kovil and that he saw a circular stone on a brick structure here. Among these ruins, remains of a fairly large stupa is found on the left side of the road. The brick construction in Lewis’ account may be this stupa mound. The stone enclosure on it may be the Dagabe Chathra. Unfortunately, this Chathra stone has now disappeared.

As a Hindu temple has been constructed at this place, the antiquities have been destroyed. The locals say that a base of a statue found here had been taken to another place some time ago and they do not know what this place is.

There is a mound of 10 x 10 meters and about one meter high next to the road in the land on the right side of the road. This place has been severely damaged due to cultivation activities. According to the fragments found here, it seems that the building belongs to the latter part of the Anuradhapura period.

At a distance of ten meters from the southern direction of the mound, a part of the limestone statue is found under a tree in the cultivated land. The part is about half a meter high and about thirty centimeters wide. This statue can be identified as an Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva statue.

Evidence of more buildings are widely scattered in the fields to the south of this cultivation. The remains of the site have been largely destroyed due to paddy fields and fragments of brick tiles and pillar bases are scattered all around .

After traveling 12 km from Puthukkudiyiruppu towards Paranthan, reach the Udayarkattu junction , take the gravel road towards the Uchchipillayar Kovil on the left near the Samrudhi Rural Bank, and after the Kuruwilkulam Reservoir, you will see these ruins on both sides of the road.

References

  • අසංග, එම්. වී. පී. කේ. සහ නිශාන්ත, අයි. පී. ඇස්., 2018. පෞරාණික ස්ථාන හා ස්මාරක – මුලතිව් දිස්ත්‍රික්කය – පුරාවිද්‍යා දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව. 1වන සංස්කරණය. කොළඹ: රජයේ මුද්‍රණ දෙපාර්තුමේන්තුව, පි105-107
  • Lewis, J., 1895. Archaeology of the Wanni. Journal of the Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, XIII (1893-1894), p.173.
  • Archaeologysl.maps.arcgis.com. 2020. Web GIS Portal – Web GIS Unit. [online] Available at: <https://archaeologysl.maps.arcgis.com/home/index.html> [Accessed 30 September 2020].

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