Mullegama Mulgirigala Rajamaha Viharaya – මුල්ලේගම මුල්ගිරිගල රජමහා විහාරය

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The main cave temple of Mullegama Mulgirigala Rajmaha Viharaya

The main cave temple of Mullegama Mulgirigala Rajmaha Viharaya

Mullegama Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient cave temple going back to the 3rd – 1st century BC in Nawgaththegama Divisional Secretariat in the Puttalam District. Nawgaththegama lies between Anamaduwa and Galgamuwa.

According to folklore this temple has been built during the reign of king Dappula (659) during the Anuradhapura kingdom. However the ledge inscriptions found at the numerous caves have been dated to 3rd to 1st centuries BC indicating that this site had been used by the meditating Buddhist monks long before the birth of Christ.

The Dagoba in the temple premises may have been subjected to renovation. The buildings presently being used as the residence of the monks in this monastic complex consisting of a cluster of caves with inscriptions had been constructed about 300 years ago and had undergone renovation during the later stages of its existence.

One of the largest caves found at the site has been used as the main image house. This is cave is found midway of up the rocky outcrop on which this temple is located. In addition to this, number of caves with drip ledges and some with inscriptions are found at this location.

primary source : www.archaeology.gov.lk

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