Rankirimada Rajamaha Viharaya – කුරුණෑගල රන්කිරිමඩ රජමහා විහාරය
Kurunegala district is strewn with ancient buddhist temples with most going back pre christian era. Most of these temples in various states of despair had been gone through facelifts during the Kandyan Era thus today all these temples show architectural characteristics of the Kandyan Era.
Rankirimada Rajamaha Viharaya is such an ancient temple lying in the Arankele area close to the Arankele Monastery. Most of the buildings of the temple are built underneath ancient drip ledge caves. Ruins of the ancient temple can be seen scattered around the temple. A Sri Pathul Gala at the temple silently witness that this site has a history going back beyond the 2nd Century. Granite Sandakada pahanas, lamps and carvings can been seen collected at few caves of the site.
Map of Rankirimada Rajamaha Viharaya
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Route from Kurunegala to Rankirimada Rajamaha Viharaya
|Distance : 24 km|
Travel time : 24 mins
Driving directions : see on google map