Losing Heritage of Uruthirapuram Buddhist Ruins in Kilinochchi

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Uruthirapuram is a village which lies in the area known as Sivanagar in Karachchi the Divisional Secretariat in Kilinochchi District. In 1956 while cutting a road to an ancient reservoir at Uruthirapuram, this stupa mound was discovered. Then the archaeological commissioner, P. E. P. Deraniyagala published this site in the 1958 Archaeology Commissioners report. According to it, it has been reported that an ancient stupa has been destroyed in Uruthirapuram in Northern Province.

The stupa was identified during clearing the land to build a road to the Uruthirapuram Wewa. Construction of the road was immediately stopped. A few stone pillars too were discovered near the stupa mound. A modern Kovil is under construction. A few clay items with a lion’s head and ancient coins were discovered when the foundations of the new kovil were being cut. It is possible that these are from an ancient Devale.

Even though the ruins were recorded in 1956, this site was declared an archaeological site only in 2016, 60 years later. In 2021, it was decided to conserve these ancient ruins. However, when the officers from the archaeological department arrived at the site, the pusari and the villagers refused access to the site claiming to be provoked by the TNA. Ultimately police had to be called and the conservation work had to be postponed.

These Buddhist ruins were declared as a protected archaeology site by the government by the gazette issued on 25th March 2016 and describes as follows

hillock of Chaitya and ruined buildings at the premises of Shivanagar Kovil belonging to Shivanagar village situated in Grama Niladhari Division No. 35, Shivanagar in the Divisional Secretary’s Division, Karachchi in Killinochchi District in Northern Province.

Despite the above, the current status of these ruins is unknown and the future of these ancient heritage looks bleak.


  • Seneviruwan, M., 2021. උරතිරපුරම් දාගැබ කෝවිලක් වූයේ කෙසේද. [online] Seneviruwan.blogspot.com. Available at: <https://seneviruwan.blogspot.com/2021/03/blog-post_30.html> [Accessed 13 June 2021].
  • ‘THE ANTIQUITIES ORDINANCE (CHAPTER 188)’ (2016) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, 1960, p. 229.

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