Archaeological Ruins of Tempitiya Rajamaha Viharaya in Mahaoya – මහඔය ටැම්පිටිය රජමහා විහාරය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

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A collection of ruins found scattered around the Tempitiya Rajamaha Viharaya site

A collection of ruins found scattered around the Tempitiya Rajamaha Viharaya site
Photo courtesy of Dr. Ashan Geeganage

Tempitiya is an ancient agricultural village hidden in the Mahaoya area. This village is build based on the empitiya Reservoir and the Tempitiya Rajamaha Viharaya which lies opposite the reservoir both of which are  credited to king Saddhatissa (137-119 BC) of Anuradhapura kingdom who was the regional ruler of the Digamadulla Kingdom during the reign of king Dutugemunu.

The temple which had been forgotten and covered by the jungles was revived in 1920’s by Bogaha Aruwe Seelarathne Thero. A large number of ruins believed to be belonging to the the period of King Saddhatissa can be found scattered all over this site. One unique artifact found here is a rare carving of a seven hooded corbra with its traditional Bahirawa figures. In addition this ancient temple site is scattered with granite buddha statues, various forms of Korawak Gal, Moonstones and pillars of ancient buildings.

The ruins of the Tempitiya Rajamaha Viharaya was declared as a protected archaeological site by the Government on the Gazette issued on 10th October 2014, and describes the location as follows ;

“Weheragoda site of ruins with four hillocks of ancient Chaityas, places containing buildings with stone pillars
and other archaeological remains belonging to Weheregoda Kudalakatuwa village (Latitude 07º 60088′ N and longitude 081º 41850′ E) situated in the Grama Niladhari Division, Tempitaiya in the Divisional Secretary’s Division, Mahaoya in Ampara District in Eastern Province.”

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Travel Directions to Mahaoya Tempitiya Rajamaha Viharaya

Route from Mahaoya to Tempitiya Rajamaha Viharaya

Through : Mahaoya – Chenkaladi Road
Distance :13 km
Travel time : 20 mins
Time to spent : 30-45 mins
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