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Degaldoruwa Raja Maha Viharaya

This temple is situated 05 kilometers down Kandy-Lewella Road.

In the history of Sri Lanka the Kandy Era marks a distinctive identity in terms of art, such as frescoes. Artists of the era were influenced by their religious and cultural background, as well as by patronage of the royal and social elite, especially of King Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe and Weliwita Saranankara Thero.

The artistic background of this era was particularly conducive for temple-building in Sri Lanka. In 1738, young Prince Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe rec ...

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This temple is situated 05 kilometers down Kandy-Lewella Road.

In the history of Sri Lanka the Kandy Era marks a distinctive identity in terms of art, such as frescoes. Artists of the era were influenced by their religious and cultural background, as well as by patronage of the royal and social elite, especially of King Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe and Weliwita Saranankara Thero.

The artistic background of this era was particularly conducive for temple-building in Sri Lanka. In 1738, young Prince Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe received his education from Venerable Moratota Rajaguru Mahanayake Thero. Later during Rajasinghe’s reign (1747-1780), he built and gifted the Degaldoruwa Raja Maha Viharaya to the monk in appreciation, according to folklore. The construction of the temple was completed by his younger brother Rajadhirajasinghe, who succeeded him as King in 1781.

Travel approximately 03 kilometers from Kandy via Lewella Road to Amunugama, where this temple is situated. There is a fascinating story about the beginning of the temple. According to folklore, large numbers of Mora (Longan) trees were cut down and brought from the Pallekele area and brought to the rock outcrop which was the building site for this len viharaya. The wood was burned to heat the rock, so that it could be dug or hollowed out easily. Work began on the statue, and the rock was partly excavated.

However, the next day, workers saw the broken chunks of rock fused together again. The King was informed, and when the surroundings were inspected they found a Devale near a Na (ironwood) tree in the forest above the building site. The Devale, which was on higher ground, hindered construction work. Later, the King chucked a gemstone he had in his hand upward, and ordered that the Devale was to be built at the place where the gemstone landed. Afterwards they managed to finish construction of the temple. However at present, there is neither any sign nor written evidence to prove the existence of such a shrine, according to the Incumbent monks of the temple.

The temple has been built on a rock outcrop whose height is about 4 feet. In the inner sanctum of the temple, there is a large Buddha statue in the sleeping posture. The ancient Bo tree and the Chaitya are at the summit of the rock. King Rajadhirajasinghe’s Thamba Sannasa describes the construction of the temple as follows.


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