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Bambaragala Raja Maha Viharaya

Travel 18 km from Kandy via Mahiyangana Road to Digana town, turn to Victoria road and proceed 06 kilometers to reach this temple.

As you enter the Wewegama village, the temple is seen on a huge rock outcrop. The temple earns its name from the shape of the rock, which looks like a huge beehive or wasp’s nest. According to another version, it is called Bambaragala because there actually were wasp’s nests on the rock where the temple is situated. A large vestibule is seen at the entrance.

The Buddha Shrine is situated in a cave i ...

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Travel 18 km from Kandy via Mahiyangana Road to Digana town, turn to Victoria road and proceed 06 kilometers to reach this temple.

As you enter the Wewegama village, the temple is seen on a huge rock outcrop. The temple earns its name from the shape of the rock, which looks like a huge beehive or wasp’s nest. According to another version, it is called Bambaragala because there actually were wasp’s nests on the rock where the temple is situated. A large vestibule is seen at the entrance.

The Buddha Shrine is situated in a cave in which boiling vats have been carved during the reign of King Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe. Several Buddha statues including one in a sleeping posture are seen inside. The ceiling of the cave is decorated with various paintings depicting the Six Heavens and other themes including Suvisi Vivarana (24 Buddhas), NÄĀrilatha flower and Jathaka stories. A small, ornate Makara Thorana has been carved on the inner wall of the cave.

A small Stupa, believed to contain Sacred Relics of the Buddha, is seen a little further away from the old Vihara Mandiraya. A total of 59 caves with carved boiling vats have been found on the Bambaragala rock. An undecorated Sandakada Pahana (moonstone) is seen in the Temple premises. Striking view of the Victoria reservoir and, beyond that, the Hunnasgiri mountain ring enhances the scenic beauty of the surroundings.


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