Nagalena Viharaya Ruins in Monaragala – (මොණරාගල නාගළෙන විහාරයේ නටබුන්)

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Nagalena Viharaya Ruins in Monaragala – (මොණරාගල නාගළෙන විහාරයේ නටබුන්)
Nagalena Viharaya Ruins in Monaragala – (මොණරාගල නාගළෙන විහාරයේ නටබුන්)

The land mass between Monaragala and Yala northern border is filled with remote villages who mainly survive on paddy and Chena cultivations. Most of the land is covered in jungles and rock formations of various size an height rise at various locations. At most of these rock formations, you will find remains of ancient Buddhist monasteries providing a glimpse of the past of this area. Most of the ruins are not even reported but a research party headed by Takashi Okamura from Hosei University in Japan had made 2 research visits in 1985 and 1993 and has documented a significant number of hidden ruins in this area.

Nagalena is currently a functional temple built on a ancient monastic site. The temple is located l.5km northeast of Ethimale post office.

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There are two rock shelters (A and B) with drip ledges cut on to their brow, four pillar foundation stones (C), one uncertain structure (D). Restored temple is on the western part of the Rock shelter (A). The cave measures 15m wide, 4m deep and 3m high. No inscriptions are found here. Rock shelter (B) lies 60m east of rock shelter (A),. This measures 11m wide, 6m deep and 4m high. A collapsed building (D) constituted by bricks and stones, measuring l0m across, is located adjoining to the rock shelter (B). The shape of it is not clearly seen.

Map of the research area
Map of the research area – Nagalena marked as item 17
Ruins of the Ancient Ruhuna Civilization – In the Jungles of Kumbukkan Oya Basin SRI LANKA.
Map of the ruins in Nagalena
Map of the ruins in Nagalena
Ruins of the Ancient Ruhuna Civilization – In the Jungles of Kumbukkan Oya Basin SRI LANKA.

References

  • Okamura, T., 1999. Ruins of the Ancient Ruhuna Civilization – In the Jungles of Kumbukkan Oya Basin SRI LANKA. Tokyo: Exploration Club of Hosei University.

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Route from Kodayanna Junctionto Monaragala to Bhawanagala Aranya Ruins
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Distance : 16 km
Travel time : 30 mins
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