Ruins at Veherabandihinna Rajamaha Viharaya (වෙහෙරබැඳිහින්න රජමහා විහාරය)

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Travelling 39 kilometres from Kurunegala towards Dambulla and turning to a narrow tarred road and travelling a further 1.5 km will bring you to the bottom of the hill where the ruins of the Ruins at Veherabandihinna Archaeology built in the 2nd century CE.

The period of this ancient temple complex belongs to has been confirmed by the inscriptions found in the excavations carried out at the site. Archaeologists have discovered more than 7 inscriptions which belonged to the 2nd to 6th centuries CE.

Most of the inscriptions on the site belong to the special category of inscriptions called “Waharala” inscriptions. One inscription is historically important as it records the name of the king which enables us to place the period in which the temple existed. It records a field in the extent of two payas (2 amuna) and those in the extent of Karisa (4 amuna) donated by King Kanittatissa (164-192 CE). A white sandalwood forest is found next to the viharaya. The ancient name of the complex has been Abhaya Viharaya, according to the inscriptions.

The stupa at the top had been dug from the top by treasure hunters in search of valuables enshrined within when discovered. This site was declared as an archaeological reserve in 2016 and conservation work started a few years later.

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Driving Directions to Ruins at Veherabandihinna Rajamaha Viharaya

Route from Colombo to Ruins at Veherabandihinna Rajamaha Viharaya
Though : Kurunegala
distance : 135 km
Travel time :2.5  hours
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