Rusigama was also one of the sites selected by King Devanampiyatissa (250 BCE to 210 BCE) to plant one of the Dethis Pala Ruha Bodhi Trees, one of the very first 40 saplings of the Sri Maha Bodhi of Anuradhapura. The name Rusigama is believed to have originated due to the settlement of sages in the past. Two inscriptions belonging to the pre-Christian period have been found. These 2 inscriptions record the donation of caves to the Sangha
The ancient Bo Tree at Godakawela Malwessa Vehera Rajamaha Viharaya is believed to be one of the Dethis Pala Bodhi of the Sri Maja Bodhi in Anuradhapura. The Bodhi has four main branches. From ancient times, it is believed that the branch on the Northern side is the original Dethis Pala Bodhi as the annual falling of leaves on this branch is in sync with the Sri Maha Bodhi of Anuradhapura.
According to historical records, Beligala Sri Wijaya Sundararama Rajamaha Viharaya popularly known as Beligala Rajamaha Viharaya is one of the places that the first 32 shoots of the Sri Maha Bodhi (Dethispala Maha Bodhi) was planted which dates this temple to pre christian era.
Wattarama Sri Arahantha Maliyadeva Rajamaha Viharaya is an temple with a history of over 2300 years lying between Polgahawela and Kegalle. This temple is so named due to its close association with Maliyadeva thero who is believed to be last Maha Arahath of Sri Lanka.
Built during king Devanapiyatissa era (250-210 BC), Buttala Happoruwa Purana Viharaya (Hathporuwa Purana Viharaya) is an ancient temple on the Sella Kataragama – Buttala road.
Not to be confused with the well known Velgam Vehera in Trincomalee, Nelumgama Wilgamvehera stupa lies close to Serunuwara in the area called Thoppur. The large stupa, not conserved yet appears as a mound of earth but venerated and visited by the Buddhists in the area.
An ancient temple which dates back to times of King Devanampiyatissa (250-210 BC). According the Bodhivamsa, the chronicle of the Holy Bodhi Tree, the very first of the Bodhi saplings out of the first thirty two saplings from the Sacred Sri Maha Bodhi was planted on this temple grounds during the time of King Devanampiyatissa.
One could only imagine what the Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya (Thanthirimale Temple) had looked like nearly 2300 years ago but the peace and serenity still prevails.
Situated in the outskirts of the city of Colombo, in the village of Bellanwila, just three kilometers from the city limits, Bellanwila temple has a long and hallowed history.
Overhead looms the Yapahuwa rock, 300-foot isolated fortified wonder with a history dating back to the 13th Century. Today it is one of the country’s most unique and important sites of historic interest containing abundant traces of ancient battlements and remnants of king Buvenekabahu’s (1273-1284 AD) kingdom.
The Sacred Tooth Relic has found refuge at Kotmale Pusulpitiya Rajamaha Viharaya several times including period during Maga’s invasion (1215-1236) at Polonaruwa.