Niyamgamdora Rajamaja Viharaya and Pattini Devalaya – නියම්ගම්දොර රජමහා විහාරය හා පත්තිනි දේවාලය

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Niyamgamdora Pattini Devalaya

Niyamgamdora Pattini Devalaya
Photo by Samarasinghe.N.H.

Although the origin of the Niyamgamdora Pattini Devalaya is unknown, it is believed that the Devalaya has been built during the Kandyan Era.

Based on the ‘Kothmale Purawurtha’ written by a P. B. Kehelgamuwe in 1935, according to legend, the Pattin Devi appeared in a dream  of a old woman in the area and told her that the Pattini Devi’s foot bracelets are hidden in a bush nearby and asked her to clean and purify herself, pickup the the bracelets and to build a kovil at the site.

The next day the old woman did as requested and fond the a beautiful anklet and  worshiped it. As she was bringing the hands together, the anklet floated on to her hand. 

She immediately built  a temporary hut at the very place and kept the anklet to be worshiped. The villagers found that a period of good fortune fell upon them after appearance of the anklets ( Pattini Salamba), converted the kovil to a Pattini Devalaya dedicated the goddess Pattini her self.

The Pattini Devalaya building , Aluthnuwara Devalaya Building and the Bodhi Prakara Wall (of the Niyamgamdora Rajamaha Viharaya)  have been named as protected monuments by the Department of Archaeology.

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Travel Directions to Niyamgamdora Rajamaja Viharaya

Route from Kandy to Niyamgamdora Rajamaja Viharaya

Through : Gampola – Ulapone – Kotmale
Distance :60 km
Travel time : 1.45 mins
Driving directions : see on google map

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