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Naranpanawa Sri Gangathilaka Maha Viharaya

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Situated at the Naranpanawa village in the scenic Hulu Ganga valley, this three-century-old temple was built during King Walagamba’s reign. According to early historic records it was renovated during the reign of King Kithsirimevan. Travel approximately 07 kilometers via Menikhinna Naranpanawa road to reach this historic temple.

When King Mallawa was exiled from his kingdom, his queen was detained at Hasalaka Biso Kotuwa. According to ancient chronicles, the King had rested at this location while travelling along the ba ...

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Situated at the Naranpanawa village in the scenic Hulu Ganga valley, this three-century-old temple was built during King Walagamba’s reign. According to early historic records it was renovated during the reign of King Kithsirimevan. Travel approximately 07 kilometers via Menikhinna Naranpanawa road to reach this historic temple.

When King Mallawa was exiled from his kingdom, his queen was detained at Hasalaka Biso Kotuwa. According to ancient chronicles, the King had rested at this location while travelling along the banks of the river Hulu Ganga to visit his consort. A Bo tree was planted at this tranquil location around 800 A.D. The tree, however, had perished about one and a half years ago.

The ancient Chaitya that had been erected here, too, was destroyed eventually, and re-built around 1947. The stairs of the new Chaitya appear to have been made using the ruined stone steps of the old Chaitya. Ruins of stone pillars remaining helter-skelter in the premises are proof that an old temple did exist on this site.

The roof of the ancient Dharma Shala (hall for dhamma sermons) in the temple has been renovated later. However, ancient wooden beams of the roof are still well-preserved. The four stone pillars bearing the weight of the roof are ample evidence for the existence of a temple with advanced architectural features here in the distant past.

Although the ancient paintings and sculptures inside the Vihara Geya could not be dated back to any definite period, their style, lines, colour combinations and creeper patterns suggest that they could be approximately 500 years old. Paintings here depict incidents from the early Kandy Era, verdicts given by the King upon investigation of complaints, as well as figures of deities.

According to the Chief Incumbent some of the paintings were made in the 1960s. Although the temple had possessed large numbers of ancient Ola leaf manuscripts, some of it has perished over time, and the remainder is preserved under the care of the Chief Incumbent. The Ola leaf manuscripts bear evidence to confirm that this temple was built in the Kandy Era.


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