Watagedara Sri Sudarshanaramaya Purana Pothgul Tampita Viharaya – වටගෙදර ශ්‍රී සුදර්ශනාරාමය පුරාණ පොත්ගුල් ටැම්පිට විහාරය

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Watagedara Sri Sudarshanaramaya Purana Pothgul Viharaya

Watagedara Sri Sudarshanaramaya Purana Pothgul Viharaya
Photo by : Samiru Basnayake

Watagedara Sri Sudarshanaramaya Purana Pothgul Viharaya is an ancient temple with a Tampita Viharaya built during the Kandyan era.  This temple lie 4  km from Godagama exit on the Southern Expressway and 8 km from Matara.

To reach Watagedara Sri Sudarshanarama Ancient Temple from Matara take the Godagama road for 5 kms traveling past past Southern expressway and take the Watagedara road which lies in front of Palatuwa Gunarathna Madya Maha Vidyalaya. Travel  for 3  km on the Watagedara road to reach the temple.

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.

The Tampita Viharaya of Sri Sudarshanaramaya Purana Pothgul Viharaya  is built on comparatively tall granite pillars, tall enough to use this area as the lower level of a two storied building. The entrance to the image house on the pillars is flanked by 2 guardian deities and the top is decorated by a dragons arch. The door itself is painted in Narilatha designs. A Bodhisattva figure can be seen beside the guardian deities and beside it you will see two female figures both carrying a ‘Chamara’. A music band can be seen beside the females.

The outer and inner walls covered with murals. A large seated Buddha statue lies inside the the image house.

primary source : පෞරාණික ස්ථාන හා ස්මාරක – මාතර දිස්ත්‍රික්කය
published by Department of Archaeology

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Map of the Watagedara Sri Sudarshanaramaya Purana Pothgul Tampita Viharaya

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The marker

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Driving Directions to Watagedara Sri Sudarshanaramaya Purana Pothgul Tampita Viharaya

Route from Matara to Watagedara Sri Sudarshanaramaya Purana Pothgul Tampita Viharaya

Though : Godagama exit
distance : 8 km
Travel time :20 mins
Time to spend : 20 – 30  mins
Driving directions : see on google map

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