Methagama Dimbula Maliyadeva Rajamaha Viharaya – කොත්මලේ මෑතගම දිඹුල මලියදේව විහාරය

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Kothmale is a town buried deep inside the Sri Lankan history from the time of price Gamini, who spent most of his younger life in exile on the valleys of Kothmale.

Part of the history of Kothmale now lies under the Kothmale Reservoir. Two surviving great temples in the region are Pusulpitiya Rajamaha Viharaya and the Methagama Dimbula Maliyadeva Rajamaha Viharaya. It is said that this temple was given its name due the reason that the great Maliyadeva Thero of of 2nd century BC who is said to be the last Arhath of Sri Lanka live here for some time. Another folklore states that the Maliyadeva Thero rested for few days under a Dimbul (Wood Apple) tree at the temple on his way to visit a heaven with a devotee called Sulugulu. Thus this temple was called Dimbula Maliyadeva Viharaya.

No evidence to access the the antiquity of the temple survives today but this has been a important temple in the country even in 15th century where this temple is mentioned in the ‘Nampotha’, a reading book thought in schools.

The temple has had five six feet Buddha statues caved out of wood and finished with a clay based stucco. Believed to be made in the 1200’s,  3 statues still survives even today.

An ancient rock carved Buddhas foot print is kept at a small image house.  The 50 feet image house contains a large reclining Buddha statue and many other statues. Among these are two rare statues of King Kosol and ‘Ane Pindu  Situ Thuma’.

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Route from Colombo to Methagama Dimbula Maliyadeva Rajamaha Viharaya

Route from Kandy to Methagama Dimbula Maliyadeva Rajamaha Viharaya

Though : Kandy Road – Gampola
distance : 162 km
Travel time : 5 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Though : Peradeniya – Gampola
distance : 55 km
Travel time : 1.30  hour
Driving directions : see on google map

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