6°51'23.1"N 81°01'22.4"E

දෝව රජමහා විහාරය

Dowa Raja Maha Viharaya

Buddhist Heritage Sites

Location Information

Uva Province

Badulla

District

Divisional Secretariats

Ella

Bandarawella

Dowa Raja Maha Viharaya

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Dhowa Rock Temple


Dhowa Rock Temple (Sinhala:දෝව රජ මහා විහාරය) is a protected heritage site in Sri Lanka, situated in the central mountains of the Uva province. Dhowa is a small, ancient village located on the Badulla - Bandarawela main road. This Temple is situated 210 km (130 mi) east of Colombo and 120 km (75 mi) south of Kandy. The Dhowa rock temple is famous for its large unfinished Buddha image, carved into the rock face, which is considered an example of Mahayana sculpture. 


The Temple dates back over 2000 years. The area gained the name Dhowa as it is located within a ring of mountains, with a river that flows across the plateau. It is believed that the Temple bears a history dating back to about 2,000 years. Historically, the Dhowa temple was known as the Kumbaltissa Ariyagala Vehera, named after its chief priest who had provided sanctuary for King Walagamba, who turned the cave into a temple. Work at the Temple was not completed during King Walagamba but was fully completed during the Kandyan Kingdom. The Temple was declared a protected heritage site and an archaeologically protected monument in Sri Lanka in 1996. 


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References & External Links

  • Wikipedia - Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA)

  • "Protercted Monument List 2012-12-12" (PDF). Department of Archaeology. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2016.

  • The Upcountry Repository of Buddhist Art - The Tampita Vihara of Sri Lanka' - G.R Disanayake

  • Temple on pillars: A study of the Tämpita Vihāras in the Kurunegala District - University of Kelaniya - Sri Lanka

  • Tempita Vihara - Wikipedia

  • Sri Lankawe Tampita Vihara By KUSUMASIRI VIJAYAWARDANA

  • "Protercted Monument List 2012-12-12" (PDF). Department of Archaeology. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2016.

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