• Call Now :
  • +94 812 233 112

Dunkumbura Tampita Viharaya

Image Gallery

When approaching Hatharaliyadda via Galagedara, the Tampita Viharaya is located close to the Dunkumbura village. According to the chronicles of the Dunkumbura Raja Maha Viharaya, a monk named Ratnapala opened the temple and according to ancient chronicles written by the monk, this is noted in the last page of Poojawaliya. In a book written by H. M. S. Thundeniya titled ‘Pivituru Dinayaka Satahan’, it is mentioned that according to an ancient chronicle at the Dunkumbura Temple, a monk named Ratnapala had, while he was a layman, practiced Ata Sil and Dasa Sil. He had in 1830 had g ...

Click here to read all details.

When approaching Hatharaliyadda via Galagedara, the Tampita Viharaya is located close to the Dunkumbura village. According to the chronicles of the Dunkumbura Raja Maha Viharaya, a monk named Ratnapala opened the temple and according to ancient chronicles written by the monk, this is noted in the last page of Poojawaliya. In a book written by H. M. S. Thundeniya titled ‘Pivituru Dinayaka Satahan’, it is mentioned that according to an ancient chronicle at the Dunkumbura Temple, a monk named Ratnapala had, while he was a layman, practiced Ata Sil and Dasa Sil. He had in 1830 had gone on a pilgrimage to Anuradhapura with the intention of becoming a Buddha and on the third night of this worship, he had brought a sapling from the Sri Maha Bodhi and had planted it in his garden and had performed a number of various ceremonies. 


According to the ‘Thumpane Vihara Vanshaya’ composed by H. S. S. Thundeniya, the present Chief Pries of the temple has stated that there are stone inscriptions at Polwatta Pahala Kimbura and Uda Kumbura, where it is written that the Venerable Ratnapala Thero had donated his lands to the Bodhiya in 1830. The Thero has also noted that those inscriptions are now covered with earth. The said Bodhiya is no longer there, but a new one had been planted there, which had been brought from the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya in Dambadiva (India) in 1960.

The same inscription further states that between 1830 -1840, Ratnapala was ordained by Ulpathgama Buddha Rakkitha Thero in the seventh year after becoming a monk, he had built a temple and the Tampita Vihare. The Dunkumbura Raja Maha Viharaya consists of Aluth Viharaya, Dharma Shala, Bodhi, Chaitya, bell tower and shrine. In addition, there are Ola leaf manuscripts and a pettagama (large coffer).

According to folklore, while the temple was under construction, Rathanapala Thero had been residing in a small rock cave located on a higher elevation near the present temple. The Tampita Viharaya is the oldest part of the Dunkumbura Raja Maha Viharaya. According to this architectural method, baulks (beams) are fixed on stone pillars which rise from a square-shaped foundation. Wooden planks are placed on the baulks. Wattle-and daub walls are built on the planks. A sitting Buddha statue belonging to the Kandy Era tradition is found in this temple, in addition to two standing Buddha statues also. Statues of deities found here are those of Vishnu and Aluth Nuwara Deviyo.

    The front hall of the Tampita Viharaya is built in the same architectural style. The  ornate palanquin in the hall is believed to have been used to carry the casket of relics and the Pirith books. Another artifact found here is the large wooden coffer with paintings of Wessantara Jathaka and King Sirisangabo sacrificing his own head. Paintings inside the coffer depict Suvisi Vivarana (24 Buddhas).


We have hereby provided 0 Number of Attractions in the district. You can explore by the district easily or can use extended search facility provided in the site.

We welcome you to send your opinions and information of locations to improve the website.

Back to Main Page Sorry location was not found on map

Near by Locations