Gadaladeniya Viharaya (Dharmakeerthi Viharaya) is an ancient Buddhist temple located in the Kandy District of Sri Lanka. It is located about 1 km from Pilimatalawa Junction on Daulagala Road. This temple is considered to be the most complete stone temple in present day Sri Lanka.
History of Gadaladeniya Viharaya :
It dates back to about the 14th century. According to ancient sources, this temple was built by King Buwanekabhahu IV (1341-1351 AD) on the instructions of Ven. Dharmakeerthi. It is said that the king entrusted the construction of this temple to his chief minister Senadhilankara and he built the temple according to the plan of Ganeshwarachari in the South Indian architecture. This is a very important shrine built during the Gampola period.
The Lankathilake Rajamaha Viharaya and the Ambakke Devalaya are also nearby. Conservation work of the old temple is in progress these days.
This place has facilities for breakfast / lunch prepared by a pilgrim. Water and sanitation facilities are available.
The temple is found about a kilometer from the Pilamathalawa on the Colombo-Kandy (A 1) road on the Daulagala road. Vehicles can be parked inside the temple.