Mahavehera Purana Tampita Viharaya is a Buddhist temple in Madipola, between Galewela and Matale with an ancient Tampita Viharaya built during the Kandyan Kingdom. The temple lies 28 km off Matale town and 11 km off Galewela.
To reach Mahavehera Ancient Temple from Galewela, take to Palapathwela road towards Matale for 5.5 km and reach Wahakotte. Take the Madipola road from Wahakotte for 4.5 km to reach the temple. To reach the temple from Matale, take the Galewela road from Palapathwela and travel 12 km up to Pallepola and take the road towards Madipola. Travel 9 km on this road to reach the temple just before Madipola.
A Tampita Viharaya is a structure built on a wooden platform which rests on number of stone stumps usually 3-4 feet tall. The roof is held by a structure built of timber and the walls are generally made of wattle and daub.
The original Tampita Viharaya at the Mahavehera Purana Viharaya is believed to be built by a regional chieftain. The murals have been possibly done by artists from Nilagama school. The temple was possibly built in the 16th century based on the paintings and writings.
Today this Tampita Viharaya has been enclosed by a larger hall probably built during a later stage. Unfortunately, the original outer structure of the image house has been altered during these changes. The space between the ground and the platform has been filled and the pillars are now concealed in cement. A new wooden balustrade has been fixed and the outer wall has been painted in white covering any surviving murals.
Entrance to the image house is through a finely carved wooden door frame is built in the form of Suryawanka. A ‘Palapethi’ and a creeper design goes all around the frame. A row of elephants along with handlers are carved at the top of the frame.
A seated Buddha statue from the Kandyan era lies at the center of the image house flanked by two standing Buddha statues facing each other. A painting of a king can be seen adjoining the seated Buddha statue on the right hand side. On the left is a painting of deity Vishnu (Upulvan) who is considered the guardian deity of Sri Lanka.
The statues are painted in gold. The inner walls and the roof are covered in murals which has been restored by the archaeology department.
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Driving Directions to Mahavehera Purana Tampita Viharaya
Route from Galewela to Mahavehera Purana Tampita Viharaya
|Though : Aluvihare – Atipola|
distance : 11 km
Travel time :25 mins
Time to spend : 20 – 30 mins
Driving directions : see on google map