Dorabawila Sri Sugatharamaya Rajamaha Viharaya – දොරබාවිල ශ්‍රී සුගතාරාම රජමහා විහාරය

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The high platform Tampita Viharaya at Sri Sugatharamaya Rajamaha Viharaya

The high platform Tampita Viharaya at Sri Sugatharamaya Rajamaha Viharaya
Image courtesy of Dr. Ashan Geeganage

Lying amidst rows of coconut groves close to the Nugawela junction on the Chilaw Wariyapola Road lies Dorabawila Sri Sugatharamaya Rajamaha Viharaya

In the temple you will find one of the unusual Tampita Viharayas in the country. Most Tampita Viharayas are built on platforms sitting on 2-3 feet high rock pillars. But this image house lies on top of 8 granite pillars  5 feet tall. The temple structure is built on a 22’3″ x 17’10” strong granite foundation with a height of 2’4″ feet.  The image house is  10 feet 10 inches long and  6 feet 8 inches tall up to the ceiling.  Doctor Charles Godakumbura who was the Commissioner of Archaeology in Ceylon from 1956 to 1967 had reported that two Attani pillars belonging to 9th century had also being used as pillars for this tampita viharaya indicating that the history of this temple go back atleast to the 9th century.

There is a wooden stair case to climb to the image house. A narrow circumambulating path is built around the image house. Two guardian deities stand at the side of the main entrance. There is a statue of a seated Buddha statue flanked by 4 standing Buddha statues can be seen inside the chamber. Paintings of Sariyuth and Mugalan Maha Theros are drawn on the walls beside the main seated statue.

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Travel Directions to Dorabawila Sri Sugatharamaya Rajamaha Viharaya

Route from Colombo to  Dorabawila Sri Sugatharamaya Rajamaha Viharaya

Through : Negombo – Chilaw – Bingiriya
Distance : 123 km
Travel time : 3 hours
Driving directions : see on google map

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