Mahawewa Sri Nagarama Purana Tampita Viharaya – මහවැව ශ්රී නාගාරාම පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය
Mahawewa Sri Nagarama Purana Viharaya is an ancient temple with a Tampita Viharaya built during the era of the Kandyan kingdom. However the paintings and the statues seems to have gone through a makeover at a later date and doesnt show the typical features of kandyan sittara art.
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 Tampita Viharaya at Sri Nagaramaya was conserved by the Archaeology Department in 2010. The rotten wood at the base and the pillars were replaced and the damaged walls has been filled and the older paintings restored. The wooden stair case has been replaced with a cement and rock steps. These steps leads to the porch of the Tampita Viharaya. A narrow circumambulating path is built around the image house with a half height protective wall.
This temple lies between Marawila and Chilaw. The distance is 16 kms (20 mins ) from Chilaw and and 29 km ( 45 minutes) from Negombo. To reach the temple from Negombo, Travel towards Chilaw upto Mahawewa and then turn left from Pansal Handiya. The temple lies just 250 meters down this road.
This Tampita Viharaya was declared as a protected archaeological monument by the gazette dated 23 February 2007.
- Tampita Vihara Heritage of Sri Lanka
- Ancient Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka
- Other Places of Interest Within Close Proximity
Map of the Mahawewa Sri Nagarama Purana Tampita Viharaya
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Driving Directions to Mahawewa Sri Nagarama Purana Tampita Viharaya
Route from Colombo to Mahawewa Sri Nagarama Purana Tampita Viharaya
|Though : Negombo – Marawila|
distance : 66 km
Travel time :2 hours
Time to spend : 30 mins
Driving directions : see on google map