The archaeological and historical heritage of Madawala Rajamaha Viharaya

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                     This “Madawala Rajamaha Viharaya” is situated in Central province in Kandy district from Harispaththuwa Madaseya and  towards 9km to Kandy.                     This “Madawala Rajamaha Viharaya is famous for the painting style belonging to period of Kandy, it is situated in  Katogasthota Ranawana road from Madawala junction to 300ms to Doranagama road it is in a top of the small Ben.

                     There are two stairs to enter this temple. This temple has two joss houses. There are old ’Tampita Viharaya’ and recent temple. The history about this “Madawala Rajamaha Viharaya” is important the grant including this details and the inscription. These details records in the king “Kerthi Sri Rajasingha’s “ grant and the inscription in this temple. The king “Walagamba” was plant a bodhi tree in this temple. The joss house with two stairs building was builds the king V Dadegama “Parakumba”. And also the king III “Wekkramabaho” was gave land for this temple. In period of king “Kerthi Sri Rajasingha“this temple was reconstruction under ’Dunuvela Adekaram’. Thereafter this temple was preservation in 1959 year via department of archaeological.

                  Besides these two joss houses there are ‘Darma Shalawa’, monastery and ‘Poya Geya’ in here.  This “Madawala Rajamaha Viharaya” is famous because of  the painting. Those paintings are on the 32 stone pillars and we can see it in ‘Tampita Viharaya’. The construction of this temple was mostly used wood. There is a door frame with beautiful engraving. Among the paintings in this temple there are “Uraga Jathakaya”, “Sathsatiya”, ”Solosmasthana” and on the roof there are “Thuseetha Deulowa”, creeper design and flower decoration. Those painting are ceasing in 1755. The red color, gray color akin to blue and white color is use for painting. The painting is in “Madawala Rajamaha Viharaya” is likeness to the painting style in ‘Degaldoruwa Viharaya’.  Those painting are conformity with the painting is in ‘Dabulla Viharaya’.


                  This “Madawala Rajamaha Viharaya” is the place useful for people who interest the paintings  style in period of Kandy.  

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