Wathuwaththa Sri Sunandarama Purana Tampita Rajamaha Viharaya – වතුවත්ත ශ්‍රී සුනන්දාරාම පුරාණ ටැම්පිට රජමහා විහාරය

 

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Wathuwaththa Sri Sunandaramaya Purana Tampita Viharaya

Wathuwaththa Sri Sunandaramaya Purana Tampita Viharaya
Photo by : Dissanayake Nuwan

Sri Sunandarama Purana Rajamaha Viharaya is a Buddhist temple with an ancient Tampita Viharaya belonging to the Kandyan era. The temple lies in the Wathuwaththa village just 4 km off Dummalasuriya and 15 km from Madampe.

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 of the Wathuwaththa Sri Sunandarama Rajamaha Viharaya is built on 18 pillars. 10 of the pillars are made of brick and mortar and are plastered. The balance 8 pillars are made of stone. According to folklore this temple has been built by king Keerthi Sri Rajasinhe (1747 – 1781) as a wish granted to a villager of the Wathuwatta village. A wooden stair case is built to reach the wooden platform of the Tampita Viharaya. A narrow circumambulating path is built around the image house with a wider space at the front.  A Hewisi Mandapaya has been built in front of the Tampita Viharaya and both roofs are thatched with flat clay tiles typical of buildings of Kandyan era.

To reach the temple from Madampe, Take the Kurunegala road for 11 km to reach Dummalasuriya. After passing Kuliyapitiya Police Dummalasuriya, take road towards Wathuwatta and travel for 2.5 km. Run left on to Wathuwatta road and travel 250 meters to reach the temple.

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Driving Directions to Wathuwaththa Sri Sunandarama Purana Tampita Rajamaha Viharaya

Route from Pannala to Wathuwaththa Sri Sunandarama Purana Tampita Rajamaha Viharaya

Though : Dummalasuriya
distance : 15   km
Travel time : 20 mins
Time to spend : 20-30  mins
Driving directions : see on google map

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