Podape Purana Tampita Viharaya – පෝඩාපේ පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

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Podape Purana Tampita Viharaya

Podape Purana Tampita Viharaya
Photo By : Ravi Pieris

Podape Tampita Viharaya lies at the Podape Rajamaha Viharaya which is an ancient temple hidden away in a remote area known as Gurugallena between  Aranayake and Bulathkohupitiya in the Kegalle District. To reach the temple you need to take the road towards  Aranayake from Mawanella and travel 13.5  km upto  Aranayake and further 1.5 km towards Dolosbage upto the Kongahamula Junction. From here take the lane to the left to reach the temple.

One of the unique features a visitor could observe today at this temple  is the Tampita Vihara Ge in the temple. Tampita Vihara were a popular architectural feature of temples during the Kandyan era. The temple is built on top of granite stumps with wooden platform laid across the stumps.

Here, no balustrade is build around the image house as in some other Tampita Vihara. Statues inside the image house belong to the Kandyan era. You will also find a rock inscription at this site which records land donations to the temple.

Reference Sources

  • කෑගලු කෝරළ පවත : පරණකුරු, කිණිගොඩ සහ ගල්බඩ කෝරළයන්හි ඓතිහාසික, සංස්කෘතික සහ පුරාවිද්‍යාත්මක ගවේෂණය – එම්. ඩී. එම්. එස්. යටවර

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Traveling Directions to Podape Purana Tampita Viharaya

Route from Mawanella to Nilwakka Sri Bodhirukkarama Purana Tampita Viharaya

Distance :16 km
Travel time : 45 mins
Driving directions : see on google map

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