Mottunna Sri Kireetaramaya Purana Tampita Viharaya – මොට්ටුන්න ශ්‍රී කිරීටාරාම පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

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Mottunna Sri Mottunna Kireetaramaya Purana Tampita Viharaya

Mottunna Sri Mottunna Kireetaramaya Purana Tampita Viharaya
photo by : Mokshara Wathsaranga Thilakasiri

Mottuna Kireetaramaya Viharaya (Kiritaramaya Viharaya) is a modern temple today with a single out of place building. This building is an ancient ancient Tampita Vihara Ge, a temple built on pillars.

Tampita Viharaya (Temple on Pillars) is a structure built on a wooden platform which rests on number of stone stumps usually 2-4 feet tall. The roof is held by a structure built of timber and the walls are generally made of wattle and daub and the inner walls are generally covered with frescoes drawn mainly in Kandyan style.

The Tampita Viharaya at Mottuna Kiritaramaya Viharaya is considered one of the best preserved and maintained Tampita Viharaya in the Gampaha District. The structure is built on 16 granite stumps. A circumambulating path is built around the inner chamber with a wooden handrail. At the entrance to the inner chamber statues of  2 guardian deities are found. A seated Buddha statue flanked by statues of Vishnu and Saman daities can be seen inside the chamber. The chamber walls are painted with scenes from the Suvisi Vivaranaya.

To reach the temple, travel about 500 meters from Veyangoda toward Nittambuwa and take the Kottala road to the left and travel 1.7 km. A bill board will direct you to a narrow bylane which will lead to the temple.

Alternate names : Mottuna Tampita Viharaya

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Traveling directions to Mottunna Sri Kireetaramaya Purana Tampita Viharaya

Travel directions from Colombo to Mottunna Sri Kireetaramaya Purana Tampita Viharaya

Distance : 43  km
Travel time : 1.5 hour
Time to spend : 30  mins
Driving directions : see on google map

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