Magama was the sub capital of the southern region of Sri Lanka since the 3rd century BC. What Anuradhapura was to Rajarata, Magama was to Ruhunurata and what Ruwanweliseya was to Anuradhapura, Tissamaharama was to the the Magama. Unfortunately unlike Anuradhapura, Its believed that the ruins of Tissamaharamaya is as extensive as the Mahamewna Uyana in Anuradhapura but Tissa town has grown over them where most its ruins are destroyed or buried few feet under the modern city never to appear again.
One such site in the middle of the current commercial city of Tissamaharama has been preserved and has been identified as a building belonging to the Silapassa Pirivena, an aramic complex built by king Kavanthissa who ruled from Ruhunu Magampura in the 2nd century BC . belonging the Tissamaharama Rajamaha Viharaya Complex
According to the chronicles, tt is said that during the Baminitiyasaya famine which lasted 12 years during the reign of King Walagamba (89-77 BC), there were 12,000 arhaths living in the Silapassa Pirivena.
Map of Silapassa Pirivena Archaeological Ruins
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Travel Directions to Silapassa Pirivena Archaeological Ruins
Route from Tissa Junction to Silapassa Pirivena Archaeological Ruins
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Distance : 450m
Travel time :5 min
Time to spend : 10 mins
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