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Turn to Nittawela Grounds Road from Katugastota Road in Kandy to reach this temple.

In 1717, King Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe built this temple for the use of monks of the Siam Maha Nikaya Order who visit Kandy from all parts of the country. Nittawela is the most prominent among temples built for the convenience of monks of the Asgiriya Chapter.

King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe (1798-1815) was challenged by Prince Mutthusamy and his forces. Kandyans went to war in the last battle against the British on 21 May, 1803 to defeat Major John Davy, the Britis ...

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Turn to Nittawela Grounds Road from Katugastota Road in Kandy to reach this temple.

In 1717, King Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe built this temple for the use of monks of the Siam Maha Nikaya Order who visit Kandy from all parts of the country. Nittawela is the most prominent among temples built for the convenience of monks of the Asgiriya Chapter.

King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe (1798-1815) was challenged by Prince Mutthusamy and his forces. Kandyans went to war in the last battle against the British on 21 May, 1803 to defeat Major John Davy, the British General and his army. Defeated, Mutthusamy retreated to the old river port on the Mahaweli. High waters blocked their escape, and the Kandyans emerged victorious from the fierce battle fought at this location.

The new Chaitya of the Nittawela Temple marks the exact spot of the battle. Davy survived. The nearby road was named afterwards as ‘Davy Street’ by the Kandy Municipal Council. The resident monks of the Temple were chased away by the British during the battle. The British rulers acquired the Sacred Tooth Relic in 1818 and confiscated this temple.

A gigantic Wee Atuwa (paddy loft or granary), found in none of the other temples, is a unique feature of the Nittawela Temple. A magnificent wooden Buddha statue is also found here, in addition to a large number of paintings from the Kandy Era.

The temple’s architecture is characteristic of wood carvings from the same era. Another prominent feature is the Meda Midula (centre courtyard). Outside, very ancient stone stairs and rows of stone pillars, together with the Makara Thorana (ornate arched gateway), Walakulu Bemma (Cloud Wall) and Buddha Image House with 28 Buddhas, enhance the splendor of the temple.


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