Thulhiriya Mangedara Tampita Viharaya – තුල්හිරිය මංගෙදර ටැම්පිට විහාරය

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A tiny Tampita Viharaya hidden way in Thulhiriya un appreciated by even the villagers. 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 Viharaya is comparatively small and stands on a wooden platform built on 9 granite pillars. Two steps made of rock brings you to the wooden platform. Two guardian deities carrying a pot of plenty (punkalasa) and a sward in the other hand are painted on the wall beside the main entrance.

Inside the structure lies a single seated Buddha statue in Samadhi position. The statue is complete with a ushnisha at the top. The wall behind the statue is painted with a colorful aura around the statue and two disciples (probably Sariyuth and Mugalan maha theros) worshiping Buddha.

Two standing Buddha statues are painted on the two side walls and next to them are painting of deity Vishnu who is believed to be the protector of Buddhism is Sri Lanka on the left wall and probably deity Saman on the right wall. Mangedara Tampita Viharaya was declared as an protected archaeological site in 22 November 2002.

Unfortunately this tampita viharaya is not appreciated or known by the villagers around the temple. On a recent visit to this temple, I walked in to the temple and inquired about the Tampita Viharaya from some upasaka who had observed sil. None of them knew if about the Tampita Viharaya or any structure which had been conserved by the department of archaeology. Finally I re phrased the question and asked if there is a image houses built on pillar stumps. Only then they  unanimously said yes there is a such a image house and showed me the direction.

The temple can be reached from Ambepussa – Kurunegala road or Ambepussa – Kandy road.

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Route from Ambepussa Junction to Thulhiriya Mangedara Tampita Viharaya

Distance : 3.5 m
Travel time : 10  mins
Time to spend : 30 mins
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