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කදුරුගොඩ විහාරය

Kadurugoda Viharaya

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Kadurugoda Viharaya (Sinhala: කදුරුගොඩ විහාරය ,Tamil: கந்தரோடை விகாரை) is an ancient Buddhist temple situated in Chunnakam, Jaffna District, Sri Lanka. The temple is located in a small hamlet called Kandarodai and it is one of the few Buddhist temples remaining in Jaffna today. Currently this temple has been declared as an archaeological site in Sri Lanka and is maintained by the Sri Lankan army.

The history of Kadurugoda Vihara goes back to the Anuradhapura era. During the time period of King Devanpiya Thissa, theri Sangamitta arrived to Dambakolapatuna in Sri Lanka with a sapling of Sri Maha Bodhi. It is said that the road to Anuradhapura from Dambakolapatuna was through this Kadurugoda Vihara area and before going to Anuradhapura she has visited this temple.

According to interlinear inscriptions read by Professor Senarath Paranavithana, it was suggested that this Kadurugoda Vihara was built by a prince of the Shailendra dynasty of the Sri Vijaya Kingdom.

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