Hemmathagama Madiliya Purana Tampita Viharaya – හෙම්මාතගම මැදිලිය පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය
Madiliya Purana Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient temple with a Tampita Viharaya (temple on pillars) hidden away in middle of picturesque paddy fields between Aranayake and Hemmathagama in Rambukkana District.
One of the unique features a visitor could observe today at this temple is the Tampita Vihara Ge. Tampita Vihara were a popular architectural feature of temples during the Kandyan era. The temple is built on top of granite stumps with wooden platform laid across the stumps.
The tampita temple has been built on 2½ feet high 20 pillar stumps. It is 20 feet in length and 12 feet in width. The Tampita Viharaya is connected to a Mandapa (porch) hall in the front. This is 15×13 feet in size. The main seated Buddha statue typical of Kandyan design is 3½ feet high and 2½ feet wide. The statue is seated in the middle of a elaborate dragons arch.
The buildings of the temple exhibit features belonging to late Kandyan period. Two massive Na tree a and Bo tree stand as proof of the antiquity of the temple. In additiona to the Tampita Viharaya an old Devale dedicated to Kataragama deity can be found at this temple. An amblama belonging to the same era can be seen opposite to this temple.
To reach the temple take to road towards Hemmathagama from Mawanella. From Hemanthagama, take the road towards Horewala. The temple lies 2.4 km down this road.
Alternate names : Mediliya Purana Tampita Viharaya, Madiliya Rajamaha Viharaya, Mediliya Rajamaha Viharaya
- කෑගලු කෝරළ පවත : පරණකුරු, කිණිගොඩ සහ ගල්බඩ කෝරළයන්හි ඓතිහාසික, සංස්කෘතික සහ පුරාවිද්යාත්මක ගවේෂණය – එම්. ඩී. එම්. එස්. යටවර
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Traveling to Hemmathagama Madiliya Purana Tampita Viharaya
Route from Mawanella to Hemmathagama Madiliya Purana Tampita Viharaya
|Distance : 16.6 km|
Travel time : 45 mins
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