Dowa Raja Maha Viharaya
දෝව රජමහා විහාරය
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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(Heritage Buildings of Sri Lanka 2009, NIMAL DE SILVA & D.P. CHANDRASEKARA. P:11)