Unuwathurabubula Veheragala Aranya Senasanaya in Mahaoya – මහඔය උණුවතුරබුබුල වෙහෙරගල ආරන්‍ය සේනාසනය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

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Drip ledge caves of Unuwathurabubula Veheragala Aranya Senasanaya in Mahaoya

Drip ledge caves of Unuwathurabubula Veheragala Aranya Senasanaya in Mahaoya
Photo courtesy of Dr. Ashan Geeganage

Veheragala (Weheragala) is a rocky outcrop in the village known as Unuwathurabubula in Mahaoya. The village is so named due to the famous hot water spring known as the “Mahaoya Hot Water Wells“. The ancient ruins found at this rock has been placed on to the 2nd century BC.

Ravaged by the jungle and then by the treasure hunters, the site was revived about 40-50 years ago as a forest monastery by few meditating monks. The ruins of the ancient site spreads over 10 acres and at the bottom of the rock  you will find two stupas made in to pile of rubble by the treasure hunters. Based on the material used to built these temples, they have been placed to 2-3 centuries.

Close to the stupa, six stone pillar stands of flower alters can be found. Broken flat stone flower alters, few moonstones and balustrades (Korawak Gal) can be also found scattered around the site. This Aranya came in to light after it was made to known that Rev Gangodawila Soma Thero had been meditating at this site during his early years.

The ancient drip ledge caves have been divided in to separate “Kuti’.  Each cave is inscribed with the donor of the cave to maha sanga. The ruins and the drip ledge caves in Veheragala were declared as a protected archaeological site by the Government with the Gazette issued on 10th October 2014, and describes the location as follows ;

“Weheragalakanda with all other archaeological remains including cave inscriptions and all drip ledged caves, rock inscriptions, hillock of Dagoba, flight of steps and chronicles at the premises of Weheragala Aranya Senasana (Latitude 07º 77790′ N and longitude 081º 35448′ E) belonging to Weheragala village situated in Grama Niladhari Division Unuwathura Bubula in the Divisional Secretary’s Division Mahaoya in Ampara District in Eastern Province.”

Above text point to a GPS location far a way from the marker shown on the map. This is probably an oversight  and the marker has been moved to the corrected point.

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Travel Directions to Unuwathurabubula Veheragala Aranya Senasanaya

Route from Mahaoya to Unuwathurabubula Veheragala Aranya Senasanaya

Through : Mahaoya – Padiyathalawa Road
Distance :5  km
Travel time : 15 mins
Time to spent : 30-60 mins
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