Warapalana Sri Jinendrarama Tampita Viharaya (වරපලාන ශ්‍රී ජිනේන්ද්‍රාරාම ටැම්පිට විහාරය)

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Warapalana Sri Jinendrarama Tampita Viharaya is an ancient Tampita Viharaya which lies in the area of the more popular  Maligathanne Rajamaha Viharaya and Pilikuththuwa Rajamaha Viharaya of Gampaha District. According to legend this temple is over 200 years old and was built towards the end of the 18th century by a Vegoda Vipassi Thero.

The Tampita Viharaya is built on 25 granite stumps of about 3 feet in height. The roof is tiled with Sinhala Ulu (semi-cylindrical tapered tiles). The structure is 19 feet long and 15 feet 3 inches wide. A 3’10” high short wall is built around the structure. The verandah is about 3 feet wide and the image chamber is 9 feet 3 inches long and 7 feet 6 inches wide. Roughly cut granite blocks are used for the steps to the viharaya.

Inside the chamber lies a seated Buddha statue. Two standing Buddha statues facing each other lie beside the main statue. These are approximately 6.5 feet high.  Halos around the statues cover the whole body. There are two statues of Vishnu and Kataragama deities on the sides of the two standing Buddha statues. All these statues have been damaged and restored by the archaeology department. The floor too has been restored. The outer surface of the wall lacks any paintings in this viharaya.

Most of the frescoes inside the chamber are faded. It is believed that these frescoes have been restored/redone during the British era and are not the original colours. The frescoes have been painted in primarily red, blue and black. Yellow, red and black have been used for the images.

This Tampita Viharaya was declared as a protected archaeological monument by the gazette dated 2nd November 2002.

primary source : Sri Lankawe Tampita Vihara
by Kusumsiri Wijewardhana

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Travel directions from Colombo to Warapalana Sri Jinendrarama Tampita Viharaya
Distance : 39  km
Travel time : 1.15 hour
Time to spend : 20  mins
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