Silvathgala Rajamaha Viharaya – සිල්වත්ගල රජමහා විහාරය

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The old image house - Silvatgala Rajamaha Viharaya

The old image house – Silvatgala Rajamaha Viharaya
Image courtesy of Dr. Ashan Geeganage

Silvathgala Rajamaha Viharaya is an typical village temple in Bambarakatupotha on the Galewela – Kalawewa Road close to the Devahuwa Reservoir. Silvathgala, so named due to being the adobe of a unordained monk in the ancient past is an small rocky outcrop on the edges of Devahuwa Reservoir.  According to legend, this temple was first built by king Dutugemunu ( 161-131 BC) and rebuilt by king Vattagamini Abaya better known as king Walagamba (89-77 BC).  The stupa believed to be built by king Dutugemunu is renovated to an extent no indication of the antiquity can be seen.

The old image house seems belonging to Kandyen era. The murals and other paintings depicting several Jathaka stories are discolored while some are peeling due to neglect. Although the Department of Archaeology has declared this shrine along with the Discourse Hall, flight of steps hewn on the natural rock, pillar foundation and the entrance to the drip ledged rock cave as protected monument, no attention given to these murals so far.

The ancient Buddha shrine, Chaitya, Discourse Hall, flight of steps hewn on the natural rock, Pillar foundation, entrance to the drip ledged rock cave in the premises

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Travel Directions to Silvathgala Rajamaha Viharaya

Route from Galewela to Silvathgala Rajamaha Viharaya

Through : Damunumulla
Time to Spend : 30 mins
Distance :4.5 km
Travel time : 10 min.
Driving directions : see on google map

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