Buduruwagala is the largest stone statue of Buddha in Sri Lanka. It should be noted that this is a slightly elevated (not fully raised) statue. There are seven carvings on this rock.
This book was published in AD. It is believed to belong to the 8th-9th century (it was the era of the Anuradhapura Kingdom). This is believed to be evidence of Mahayana Buddhism in the Rohana kingdom of ancient Sri Lanka. However, there are no historical records of the exact period.
A2 (Wellawaya - Thanamalwila section).It is located 4 km from the Buduruwagala Archaeological Museum (5 km from Wellawaya on the side of the A2 road - between Wellawaya and Thanamalwila). Part of this diversion is a gravel road. However, the whole road can be driven by a car
Here we can see the statues carved on the big rock. This place is special because the big rock is shaped like an elephant's body. The outer area, the head and the trunk area can also be observed well.
Buduruwagala used to be our lonely heritage in the middle of an uninhabited forest. But now there are settlements a little closer, but the Buddhas are still alone in the middle of the jungle. Even the surrounding ruins have not yet been properly studied by archaeologists. Although not a major tourist attraction, it is one of the most important places to visit.
After the Bamiyan Buddha statues in Afghanistan destroyed by the Taliban, the largest surviving stone statue is considered to be the Buddha. That's why this is a site worth visiting.
In the middle of this rock is the Buddha statue at Buduruwagala. The reason for saying that is because none of the other statues are Buddha statues. Although Theravada was predominant in Sri Lanka, it is believed that these Buddha statues were made by the Mahayana for worship. Meanwhile, the 13 meter high statue is believed to be that of Deepankara Buddha.
There is a stone hole on the left side with this Buddha statue. Some time ago, it was believed that the oil escaped from this hole and that the oil would not cause any illness. Even today the oil is still inside the pit, but it is not enough to touch it.
Adjacent to the Buduruwagala Temple. This is the place to go to explore our history.
Travel description :
If you are coming from Badulla Bandarawela, after passing Wellawaya town for about 5 km, or if you are coming from Kataragama, Tissa, Hambantota etc., you will find Buduruwagala junction 5 km away from Wellawaya. Very easy to recognize.
27 min (16.4 km) Wellawaya Town to Buduruwagala Temple