Palkumbura Raja Maha Viharaya – පල්කුඹුර රජ මහා විහාරය
Palkumbura Raja Maha Viharaya is an ancient Buddhist temple lying in the Madawala area in Kandy. The history of this temple goes as far as Buwanekabahu IV (1341-1351) of the Gampola Kingdom where his son, prince Jayaweera Astana was educated by Ven. Pallekumbure Athnidassi Thero who resided here.
It is said that the king presented the temple with a village with sixty five paddy fields for its maintenance. Portuguese invation of the Kandyan Kingdom, saw all the valuable documents and the Buddhist texts of this temple burned to ashes. Later in year 1797 the king has presented a new copper plate giving the ownership of the village to the temple.
This copper plate and a copper fan with a handle made out of a elephant tusk is still preserved in this temple. Palkumbura Raja Maha Viharaya is also popular for its intrinsic wood carvings on the Digge style building.
Map of the Palkumbura Raja Maha Viharaya
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Driving Directions to Palkumbura Raja Maha Viharaya
Route from Kandy to Palkumbura Raja Maha Viharaya
|Though : Katugastota
Distance : 13 km
Travel time : 30 mins
Driving directions : see on google map