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Homage to the Blessed One, the Worthy One, the Highest Self Enlightened One!

Welgam Rajamaha Viharaya / Smiling Sri Lanka Tours

2014-11-21

Welgam Rajamaha Viharaya


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According to the chronicles this temple was built by king Dhewanampiyathissa who was the first Buddhist greatest king in Anuradhapura age. Later its renovation held by greatest kings such as first king Bhathiya, second Agkbo, first Vijayabahu and first Parakramabahu. It is proven by epigraphs.

The most important point is this temple was that this was worshipped by both Sinhala and Tamil Buddhist. That is one of the reason that Vilgam Vehera was not destroyed by south Indian Chola invasions in 10th century this had become a greatest temple in Polonnaruwa age. But in Kotte age northern region of Sri Lanka as well as the welgam became a secure place to live for elephant, tiger and bear.

Royal eras such as Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Dhambadeniya welgam temple became the top garland of flowers to Buddhist people. But in present time you might see welgam temple complex and Manawathu nuwara have become ruins.

Velgam Vehera

Velgam Vehera, Trincomlee, Sri Lanka. View Full Map >>
Velgam Vehera is one of the largest ancient temple complex in eastern province of Sri Lanka. Initially the temple was built by King Devanampiyatissa in 240 B.C. was renovated by Kings Bhatiya (140-164 AD) Agbo the Sixth (733-772 AD) Vijayabahu the First (1053-1110 AD) and Maha Parakramabahu (1153-1186 AD).

It was finally renovated and protected by Tamil Buddhists who had emigrated from the less powerful kingdoms of South India and who did not form part of the invasion forces of the rulers of the Chola, Kerala and Pandian tribes.

According to one of the granite inscriptions found at this Vihara two South Indian Kings Raja Raja and Rajendra and also a wealthy merchant had donated a herd of buffaloes to the temple to provide ghee for the lamp that was kept burning throughout the year.

This fact could also prove that the Tamils who lived in this region at that time were Buddhists and further it has recorded that a Tamil Buddhist monk, Buddhapiya lived at this temple.


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