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The archaeological and historical heritage of Gangarama Rajamaha Viharaya


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               The kihg “Kirthi Sir Rajasingha” was kingdom in Kanda Udarata who was built many temples within reconstruction or built as new. This “Gangarama Viharaya” is situated in Kanda Udarata with includeing beautiful paintings belonging to period of Kandy.

                This “Gangarama Viharaya” is situated Lawalla area near to temple of tooth. This temple was the first temple built in Kandy in period of king “Kirthi Sir Rajasingha”. This is situated in “Dumbara Rata” in Kanda Uda Pasrata. The details about this temple note hundred chapters in “Chula Wanshaya”. According to “Mandarampura” news this places was the education center. This temple is belonging to party of “Malwathu Vihara”. And also there is a inscription about details about this temple. According to this inscription this temple was a historical place before the period of king “Kirthi Sir Rajasingha”.

              The “Vihara geya” is in here built as a two stairs, but it is designed as single floor. The Walls are wide. The walls are belay and paint here. There are two lion figures on the outside of the shrine room. There is dragon pandol is on the door. The top of the main door there are flower pattern draw in here. Among the paintings there are “Sath Satiya”, ”Deviyanta Darma Deshana Kirima”, ”Satharawaram Devi”,”Jatila Damanaya”, demeanor of lord Buddha, “Nalagiri Damanaya” and  ”Suvesivewaranaya” draw in here. At the same time there are “Mara Parajaya”, ”Solosmasthana”, painting on the roof, punishment of the blazes and people who suffer in blazes. Red, yellow and black color use in here.

              According to inscription of here note the soldier in “Gangarama Viharaya” and the lands which gave this temple. This temple is belonging to compound of “Malwathu Viharaya” and this place is useful for scholars to interest about paintings of period of Kandy.

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