Moragammana Sri Mayurapada Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient temple with a Tampita Viharaya hidden between Aranayake and Hettimulla in Kegalle.
It is believed that the original name of the village has been Monaragammana and this word has transform into Moragammana with time. According folklore Mayurapada Viharaya at Moragammana has been in existence since the king Parakramabahu IV (1302 – 1326) and has been Pirivena. Budda Putta Thero, the author of the Poojawaliya is also said to have lived at this temple although no firm proof exists to validate these claims.
One of the unique features a visitor could observe today at this temple are two tampita structures. A Tampita Viharaya and a Tampita Monk Residence. Tampita Vihara were a popular architectural feature of temples during the Kandyan era. Such structures are built on wooden platforms built on top of granite stumps.
The Tampita Viharaya at Moragammana is rather small and is built on 4 granite pillars of 2 feet in height. The image house is 7 feet 7 inches in length and 5 feet 3 inches in width. A new section has been attached to the original structure at a later date.Although there is no circumambulating path, the platform has been extended outward by about 1 feet around the structure.
There are 3 seated Buddha statues in the image house which are made of wood, plastered and painted. The main statue lie underneath an Manara Thorana (Dragons Arch) and is 2 feet 6 inches tall. The other two statues are 2 feet tall. Molligoda Adhikaram has been the original patron of this temple.
The paintings inside the image house has been repainted destroying their original kandyan style.
The living quarters of the monks (Sangawasa) lie at one corner of the temple. The veranda of this building is built on 2 feet 6 inch high 10 granite stumps. Stone steps has been built to enter the veranda. A plain moonstone is found at the bottom of the steps. The entrance to the Sangawasa is through a massive door frame built in the form of Suryawanka. The frame has been decorated with ivory although missing today.
To reach the temple, take to road towards Aranayake from Mawanella for 9 km until you reach Gevilipitiya Junction. Take the road to the right towards Hettimulla (Debathgama Road) and travel a further 1.7 km. A narrow concrete laid road to the left will lead you to the temple.
by Kusumsiri Wijewardhana
Alternate names : Debathgama Tampita Viharaya
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Traveling to Moragammana Sri Mayurapada Purana Tampita Viharaya
Route from Mawanella to Moragammana Sri Mayurapada Purana Tampita Viharaya
|Distance : 11 km|
Travel time : 30 mins
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