Nikasala Nuwara Tomb of King Vijaya at Kande Medagama Rajamaha Viharaya – නිකසළා නුවර විජය සොහොන
Medagama Kanda lies about 6 km south-east from Panduwasnuwara ancient Kingdom. At the top of this hill lies ruins of an ancient dagoba conserved by the department of Archeology in 1986. There is a strong belief that this stupa contains the remains of the King Vijaya (543-505 BC), the first in line of a royal dynasty which lasted over 2300 years.
The archeology department who carried out carbon dating of the ashes found inside the stupa during conservation work has found that they are about 2,500 – 2,600 years old.
Kande Medagama Rajamaha Viharaya which lies at the bottom of the hill has been built by king Devanampiyatissa (250-210 BC) after he became a Buddhist with the visit of Great Mahinda Thero. It is said that the king built temples at every gauwa ( approximately 4 miles ?) and this is said to be one of such temples built by him. The excavation of the ruins of this temple has also exposed remains of 2 stupas which has been built by king Mihindu IV (956-972).
Just above the Raja Maha Viharaya you can also find another cave temple built by king Wimaladarmasuriya (1592 – 1604) of Kandyan Kingdom. Few other caves with dripledges around this main cave temple can be seen. According to head priest, a inscription at the temple talks about the arthath priests dwelling in the caves of the temple. Therefore it could be that the name Niasala Nuwara originated from Ni-keles ( නි+කෙලෙස්) since this was the dwelling of those who achieved purified mind.
To access the tomb, you need to climb up this hill from the temple below though virgin jungle paths with minimum directions. The tomb lies at the top of the hill which also gives a amazing view of the surrounding area.
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Route from Colombo to Nikasala Nuwara Tomb of King Vijaya at Kande Medagama Rajamaha Viharaya
|Through : Negombo – Madampe – Panduwasnuwara|
Distance : 126 km
Travel time : 2.5 hours
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