Tag: Kataragama

Wathuruwa Rajamaha Viharaya at Sella Kataragama – සෙල්ල කතරගම වතුරුවා රජමහා විහාරය

One of the replicas of the famous Emerald Buddha of Thailand dressed in the summer clothing at Wathuruwa Rajamaha Viharaya

Wathuruwa Rajamaha Viharaya at Sella Kataragama is an ancient Buddhist temple belonging to the kingdom of Ruhuna believed to be built by the regional king Mahanaga, brother of king Devanampiyatissa (250-210 BC) .

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Sella Kataragama – සෙල්ල කතරගම

Mahasen Temple Sella Kataragama

Sella Kataragama area has been developed as an multi cultural area attracting all walks of life from Buddhists, Hindus and the indigenous Veddas.

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Sithulpawwa Magul Maha Viharaya – සිතුල්පව්ව මගුල් මහා විහාරය

Sithulpawwa Magul Maha Viharaya

Sithulpawwa Magul Maha Viharaya is a cave temple complex with has been dated to 2nd century BC and it is believed that the King Devanamapiyatissa and Queen Viharamahadevis marriage was consummated.

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Yala National Park (Ruhuna) – යාල (රුහුණු) ජාතික වනෝද්‍යානය

Yala National Park

Yala was initially started as a Game Sanctuary by the British in 1894 today Yala National Park has the highest concentration of Leopards in the world.

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Tissamaharama Rajamaha Viharaya – තිස්සමහාරාම විහාරය

Tissamaharama Rajamaha Viharaya built by regional king Mahanaga in the 3rd century BC

This massive Tissamaharama Stupa (Tissamaharamaya) is believed to be built by King Mahanaga in the 3rd century BC or King Kavanthissa in the 1st century BC and is the largest stupa in the ancient southern kingdom.

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Sithulpawwa Rajamaha Viharaya – සිතුල්පව්ව රජමහා විහාරය

sithulpawwa rajamaha viharaya

Situated in Kirinda in Hambanthota District, Sithulpawwa Rajamaha Viharaya has also being called Chiththala Pabbatha in the ancient texts. Stone Inscriptions has identified this location as “Chithala Paawatha Vehera”. This temple complex is attributed to King Kavanthissa who ruled southern area

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Maligawila [2]

Maligawila - Maligawila Buddha Statue and and Dambegoda Bodhisattva Statue

In the Culavamsa there is a verse probably referring to the King Aggabodhika who ruled during the 7th century and which says, ‘ In Kanagama (the Village of the Blind) he built a hospital named ‘ The Image’. There the

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Maligawila Buddha Statue and and Dambegoda Bodhisattva Statue – මාලිගාවිල

Maligawila - Maligawila Buddha Statue and and Dambegoda Bodhisattva Statue

Maligawila Buddha Statue is carved out of a single limestone rock and stands about 14.5 metres high. This is the tallest free standing buddha image in the ancient Sri Lanka. Dambegoda Bodhisattva statue, Another massive statue in the same complex stands 500 meters away.

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Kirinda Viharamahadevi Raja Maha Viharaya – කිරින්ද රජමහා විහාරය

Kirinda Raja Maha viharaya

A fisherman roaming the sea-coast spied a strange craft cast ashore at a spot called Dovera, near Kirinda. Coming nearer, he beheld the princess and forthwith carried the news to the king of the southern kingdom of Rohana – where Kavantissa ruled at Magama

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Kataragama Devalaya & Kiri Vehera – කතරගම දේවාලය හා කිරි වෙහෙර

Kataragama Devalaya & Kiri Vehera

Kataragama is one of the few places in Sri Lanka which is worshipped by most of the popular religious people in Sri Lanka. According to the Buddhists, Katragama is one of the 16 places visited by Buddha (solos maha stana) during his 3 visits to Sri Lanka.

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Martello Tower at Hambantota

Martello Tower at Hambantota

Though the Martello Tower at Hambantota is not spread in a large area, it could also be considered as a defense watchtower. Generally believed to be a Dutch fortification, but actually built by Capt. Goper of the Army Engineers during the British Period.

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