Uyanegama Sri Nagabodhi Tampita Rajamaha Viharaya -උයනේගම ශ්රී නාගබෝධි ටැම්පිට රජමහා විහාරය
Medagodawatta Uyanegama Sri Nagabodhi Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient Buddhist temple with a Tampita Viharaya belonging to the Kandyan era. The temple lies about 10 km from Kuliyapitiya and 17 km from Giriulla and 5 km off Kuliyapitiya – Narammala road. To reach the temple from Kuliyapitiya, travel 5 km towards Narammala and take the by lane toward Eluwapola. From Eluwapola Junction (fuel station) turn left and travel 700 meters. The temple lies right next to the road.
A Tampita Viharaya is a structure built on a wooden platform which rests on number of stone stumps usually 3-4 feet tall. The roof is held by a structure built of timber and the walls are generally made of wattle and daub. Walls inside the chamber is more or less always covered in paintings drawn mainly in Kandyan style.
The Tampita Viharaya at Uyanegama is comparatively small with a large manadapa built at the front. The platform is built on 4 stone pillars. Two standing Buddha statues had been built beside the main Samadhi statue on the side walls of the Tampita Vihara Ge. One of these statues has been completely destroyed with only a outline filling the empty space. The other statue is in comparatively good condition. Beside these two statues lies paintings of deities Saman and Kataragama. These paints are in a good condition. Restoration work of this structure has been started by Archaeology Department but seems to have been halted for no apparent reason.
The Tampita Viharaya (Viharaya built on stone piles) belonging to the Medagodawatte Uyanegama Sri Nagabodhi Purana Viharaya premises situated in the No. 1101 Ketawelegedara Grama Niladhari Division in the Kuliyapitiya West Divisional Secretary’s Division, Kurunegala District was declared as a protected archaeological monument on the gazette dated 24th July 2009.
- Abeywardana, M.Y. (2009) “The Antiquities Ordinance (Chapter 188) ,” The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, 1612, p. 1024.
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Driving Directions to Uyanegama Sri Nagabodhi Rajamaha Viharaya
|Route from Kuliyapitiya to Uyanegama Sri Nagabodhi Rajamaha Viharaya|
|Though : Kuliyapitiya – Narammala road|
distance : 10 km
Travel time :20 mins
Time to spend : 20-30 mins
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