Lewangama Sadanandarama Purana Tampita Viharaya – ලෙවන්ගම සදානන්දාරාම පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

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Lewangama Tampita Rajamaha Viharaya

Lewangama Tampita Rajamaha Viharaya
Photo by : Duminda Krishantha

Lewangama Sadanandarama Purana Tampita Viharaya lies hidden away on side of a large paddy field between Karawanella and Warakapola in the Kegalle District. To reach this temple you need to travel 15.5 km from Warakapola towards Ruwanwella or 7 km from Anguruwella Junction in Ruwanwella towards Warakapola. An insignificant narrow concrete by lane through a paddy field will take you this ancient temple. 

The temple has been built by Eheliyagoda Disawe during the Kandyan kingdom. One of the unique features a visitor could observe at this temple  is the Tampita Viharaya. Tampita Vihara were a popular architectural feature of temples during the Kandyan era. Such temples (image houses) are  built on top of granite stumps with wooden platform laid across the stumps.

The Tampita Viharaya at Lewangama is tiny compared to other such structures and is placed at the center of Bana Madua making it part of this structure.  There are number of the paintings on this temple showing British influence.  Paintings with British soldiers are the most significant. The outer wall is filled with paintings of wrestlers, Hansa Puttu , Narilatha and Nagaraksha designs. Two statues of guardian daities can be seen beside the main door to the image house. Inside you will find Buddha statues in standing and seated postures. Inner walls depict  jataka stories such as Wessanthara and Maha Kanthaka. A statues of Eheliyagoda Disawe can be seen on the left wall of the image house. Next to it a statue of Vishnu and on the opposite wall is a statue of the deity Saman.

Primary Source : Pauranika Stana ha Smaraka – Kegalla Districkaya
by Department of Archaeology

Alternate names : Levangama Tampita Viharaya, Levangama Sadanandarama Rajamaha Viharaya, Lewangama Sadanandarama Rajamaha Viharaya

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Traveling to Lewangama Purana Tampita Viharaya

Route from Awissawella to Lewangama Purana Tampita Viharaya

Distance : 26  km
Travel time : 45  mins
Driving directions : see on google map

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