Yatimadura Jethawanarama Rajamaha Viharaya – යටිමාදුර ජේතවනාරාම රජමහා විහාරය

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The village of Yatimadura lies hidden bordering the Victoria Randenigala Rantambe Sanctuary and on the boarder of Central and Uva province. This hamlet lies far away from any busy road network admist the lush paddy fields bordering Kuda Oya river which marks the border of the wildlife sanctuary.  With the only road leading to this village being a deadend, no traffic passes through this village and the only visitors are to the popular Golumale Bathing area of on the Kuda Oya.

According to legend, king Walagamba (89-77 BC)  had two palaces built in this area. The palace in the upper area has been known has “Uda Maligaya” and the lower area has been known as “Yati Maligaya”. These two areas have gradually evolved to Uda Maligaya -> Uda Medura -> Udamadura and Yati Maligaya -> Yati Madura -> Yatimedura.


According to another legend, a Brahmin named Mundaka has obtained three saplings from the Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura and has been traveling through this area and he had stopped for the night in the area known as the Pujathanne in Dambagolla. When he was about to leave, he had realized one sapling had been rooted to the ground thus has planted it there it self and left with two saplings. Next day he has rested at Yatimadura and the he observed that his second tree has rooted to the ground thus planted it at the same location and had left. It is said that this second tree is the ancient Bodhi tree found at the Yatimedura Rajamaha Viharaya.

King Walagamba had attempted to build a temple here but for some reason work had never being completed. Large granite pillars can be seen scattered around the Bodhi Maluwa from this period. An abandoned ancient quarry where granite pillars had been carved out can be sill seen close to the temple. More pillars ready to be moved before abandoning can be seen at this quarry. In addition to the scattered granite pillars, an unread pillar inscription lies at the Bodhi tree.

To reach this site, you need to take the Udupusellawa road from Walapane and travel up to Dambagolla junction which lies 11 km from Walapane. From Dambagolla take the picturesque road of Madulla though small hamlets, forests and paddy fields.

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Driving Directions to Yatimadura Rajamaha Viharaya

Route from Kandy to Yatimadura Rajamaha Viharaya

Route from Nuwara Eliya to Yatimadura Rajamaha Viharaya

Though : Raja Mawatha – Keerthibandarapura – Walapane – Dambagolla
Distance : 83 km
Travel time : 2.45 hours
Time to spend : 30-45 mins
Driving directions : see on google map
Though : Kandapola – Harasbedda – Walapane – Dambagolla
Distance : 53 km
Travel time : 2 hours
Time to spend : 30-45 mins
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