Sithulpawwa Magul Maha Viharaya – සිතුල්පව්ව මගුල් මහා විහාරය

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Sithulpawwa Magul Maha Viharaya

Sithulpawwa Magul Maha Viharaya
Photo courtesy of Dr. Ashan Geeganage

Situated in Kirinda in Hambanthota District, Sithulpawwa Magul Maha Viharaya is is commonly mixed up with the Lahugala Magul Maha Viharaya on the Internet and you can see articles treating both these temples as one.

According to legend, princess Viharamahadevi landed near Muhudu Maha Viharaya in Pottuvil ( or some believe Kirinda Rajamaha Viharaya).  King Devanampiyatissa who recived the princess from the ship is said to have married her at what is known as the Lahugala Magul Maha Viharaya.

Then the newly wedded couple traveled towards Magama, to their stronghold and the regional capital. During this long trip, it is said that the newly weds spent one one night at Sithulpawwa Magul Maha Viharaya where they consummated their marriage.

Archaeological excavations in 2015 at the Magul Maha Viharaya site at Sithulpawwa in Tissamaharama have yielded evidence to date the monastery to the Second Century BC according to Director General of Archaeology Dr Senarath Dissnayake.

According to him, among the finds were a Bodhigharaya (sacred enclosure for the Bo tree) that could be assigned to the First Century BC. The brick wall of the enclosure is 35 meters in length and 18 meters in width. Shards of red and black ware pottery of begging bowls used by the then Bhikkhus with Brahmi script inscriptions belonging to the Second Century BC has been discovered. The excavation process is over and the conservation process is being planned.

There is evidence of ruins of three stupas near the site. Around them ruins of rock pillars and buildings of the ancient past have been uncovered.

There is no evidence to ascertain the nature of relationship this monastery had with nearby monastery at Sithulpawwa, but according to an inscriptions found in the site, both temples had received the patronage and sponsorship of Gotimbara, one of the ten giant warriors of Dutgemunu.

According to the references in chronicles, this site was used during the battle by the Vijayabahu the Great to unite the country.

The Mahavamsa has a reference to the effect that Vijayabahu organised his troops at a site called Paluttagiriya. Renowned historian C.W. Nicholas has identified Paluttagiriya as what we know today by the name Palatupana in the Hambantota District and the site under scrutiny is the place where the king raised his army.

The Sithulpawwa Magul Maha Viharaya temple complex can be reached on the Kirinda – Sithulpawwa Road approx 12.5 kms from the Kirinda.

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Map of Sithulpawwa Magul Maha Viharaya

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Travel Directions to Sithulpawwa Magul Maha Viharaya

Route from Colombo to Sithulpawwa Magul Maha Viharaya

Route from Kirinda to Sithulpawwa Magul Maha Viharaya

Though : Southern Expressway
distance :286 km
Travel time : 7 hours.
Driving directions : see on google map
Though : Kataragama – Situlpauwa Road
distance :12.5  km
Travel time : 30 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map

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