Thambalagamuwa Senawallikulam Archaeological Site

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A Dagaba with other ruins is located in Siraj Nagar Children’s Park in the area of No. 228E Siraj Nagar GS division in Tambalagamuwa Divisional Secretariat under Trincomalee District.

From junction 97 on the road leading from Kantale to Trincomalee, take a right towards the Senawallikulam reservoir and reach the reservoir after travelling for another two kilometres. The archaeological site of Senawallikulam with its ruins is found at the end of the embankment.

Although it is not possible to confirm when and by which king it was built, looking at the ruins there, it can be deduced that these ruins belong to the early Anuradhapura period.

The Department of Archeology has designated the entire sacred area with these ruins as a protected archaeological site in terms of Section 16 of the Antiquities Ordinance via the Gazette Notification No. 2011/7 dated 20 March 2017. The ruins are found on a small rock-like knoll south of the Senavallikulam reservoir. Villagers of the area say that there were ruins of two dagabas in this place and they were destroyed later. Because there were ruins of two Dagabas, the villagers also call the place “Twin Sagala” (නිවුන් සෑගල). The villagers say that there were two rock inscriptions in early Brahmi script on one part of the rock.

An unauthorized construction was done on the site of these ruins about five years ago. It appears that this has been built on the financial allocation of the Tambalagamuwa Provincial Council. A children’s park and a water tank can be seen built on it. There are pieces of tiles, bricks and pottery due to the damage to the site scattered around the site. Two holes cut into the rock to the east of the Dagaba mound and a foundation stone below the Dagab mound are also found.

Some playground equipment has been installed on the top of this ancient stupa mound and a permanent fence has been erected around the rock with ruins. A stone slab about 10 feet long, three to three and a half feet wide, and about 10 inches thick, which could be a flower altar or an even ancient Asana (representation of the seat of Buddha), is found at the base of a banyan tree.

Trincomalee District Member of Parliament Susanta Punchi Nilame once made a request in the Parliament that these ruins be bulldozed and a children’s park has been built on them, and that an investigation be conducted through the Department of Archeology and suitable conservation measures should be taken of this site. (Hansard Report 2019.09.04 – Group 274 Second Issue Page 152)

sinhala article by : ‎ලක්මාල් කේ. බදුගේ‎

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