The Demolished Putupagala Ambalama

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Putupagala Ambalama lies in the village of Putupagala in the Gampaha District. This ambalama is believed to be built by king Weeraparakrama (1477 – 1489) of Kotte kingdom. It is believed that this ambalama would have served as a resting place for pilgrims who travelled from Kotte to the Dekatana Keragala Rajamaha Viharaya.

The ambalama is said to have been decorated using finely polished stone blocks.

This amblama had been located at the Putupagala Junction. According to villagers this ambalama had existed till recently and had been used during Wesak and Poson full moon poya days to carry out Dansala for the pilgrims traveling to the Ancient Keragala Padmavathi Rajamaha Viharaya.

Unfortunately one member of the Dompe Pradesheeya Sabha had demolished this ambalama and the finely cut stone blocks had been taken away to his home while some are still lying the Pradesheeya Sabha premises. One small businessman having a tea shop at the junction had brought back some of the stone blocks and had build a small Buddha Shrine in the location. The stones which were used to build this ambalama can still be seen at this shrine thanks to this gentleman.

Special thanks to Ms. Sansa Dias who visited the site and collected the information.

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Travel Directions to Putupagala Ambalama

Route from Colombo to Putupagala Ambalama
distance : 33  km
Travel time : 1.30 hours
Time to Spent : 15  mins
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