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අළුතෑපොල විහාරය

Ganekanda Purana Rajamaha Viharaya Aluthepola

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Gampaha

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Divulapitiya

Aluthepola

Ganekanda Purana Rajamaha Viharaya Aluthepola

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Ganekanda Purana Rajamaha Viharaya Aluthepola Aluthepola Ganekanda Raja Maha Viharaya, also known as Aluthepola Pansala, is situated in the village of Aluthepola in the Gampaha District.


According to an old manuscript found in the temple, the Vihara was in existence during the 18th-century. The land was donated by a Dutch officer in 1796. The drip-ledged cave in the temple premises indicates that the Vihara would have originated from a very early period, most probably to the Anuradhapura era (377 B.C.-1017 A.D.). 


The old survey tower located in the Vihara premises was declared an archaeologically protected monument by a government Gazette notification published on 22 November 2002.

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.

  • බෞද්ධ විහාරාංග සම්ප්‍රදායේ උඩරට කලාගාරය - ගංගා රාජිනී දිසානායක

  • අනුරාධපුර දිස්ත්‍රික්කය (පුරාවිද්‍යා ස්ථාන නාමාවලිය)

  • කුරුණෑගල දිස්ත්‍රික්කය (පුරාවිද්‍යා ස්ථාන නාමාවලිය)

  • ගාල්ල දිස්ත්‍රික්කය (පුරාවිද්‍යා ස්ථාන නාමාවලිය)

  • කොළඹ දිස්ත්‍රික්කය (පුරාවිද්‍යා ස්ථාන නාමාවලිය)

  • පොළොන්නරුව දිස්ත්‍රික්කය (පුරාවිද්‍යා ස්ථාන නාමාවලිය)

  • හම්බන්තොට දිස්ත්‍රික්කය (පුරාවිද්‍යා ස්ථාන නාමාවලිය)

  • Piyarathana, L., 2013. A bibliographical survey of the palm leaf manuscripts in Ridiviharaya in Kurunegala District & Aluthepola Ganekanda temple, Gampaha District.

  • The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, no: 1264, 22 November 2002.