Sri Mahendrarama Rajamaha Viharaya – ශ්‍රී මහේන්ද්‍රාරාම රජමහා විහාරය වූ මණ්ඩපොළ සිප්හල

Sri Mahendrarama Rajamaha Viharaya is considered to be the Mandapola Education Institute of ancient days. This center is said to have operated similar to a university and remains of this first eduction institute in Sri Lanka built around 6th century BC still can be seen the Mandapola area.

With the arrival of Vijaya in 543 BC, a Brahmin called Pandula belonging to the Yaksha tribe saw the local industry and the centuries old local knowledge was under threat of being lost forever. As a solution, he built this education center to provided education on various weapon fighting with swards, bow and arrow, javelins and shields, fighting techniques such as amgam pora and ilangam pora,  various charms, medicine, agriculture etc.

Pandula has also built a tank close to the institute and farmed paddy to support the center. Another tank was built about 2 miles away from the education center to support the board of educators in the school. This area was  called Madulla (මඬුල්ල) which is now called the Madulla (මදුල්ල) and the tank is called Madulla wewa today.

This center had being turned in to temple during Anudadhapura Era and became to known as Sri Mahendrarama Rajamaha Viharaya. Even today you can see a rare Garunda Pashana Pilimaya, Ancient Yanthra Gal where relics was deposited, granite flower alters, guard stones, balustrades and remains of 2 storied buildings at the temple premises.

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Route from Colombo to Sri Mahendrarama Rajamaha Viharaya

Through : Negombo – Madampe – Panduwasnuwara
Distance : 116 km
Travel time : 2.5 hours
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