Batathota Junction at 07 km (07 km) on the Kuruwita Erathna Siripa Road in the Kuruwita Divisional Secretariat Division in the Ratnapura District. From there turn left on the Nanda Ellawala road for 3 km and there are many large boulders that can be seen from above and in the middle of it there is a large rock in which the Diva Guhava or Batatotalena Cave temple is located.
This historic cave is 150 feet long, 70 feet wide and 50 feet high and faces east. Due to this natural location, the cave is well lit until sunset, so there is very good light throughout the day. A cave is, in a sense, a dark place, and because of the bright sunlight during the day and the moonlight at night, the place where the 500 Buddhas, including the Buddha, spent the day may have been called the "Diva Guhava".
The statues and paintings in this cave are very old. In the cave, the sacred feet are located towards the Sri Padasthana. Twenty-one cubit (21) long reclining Buddha statue made of very old sandstone explains the antiquity of this place.
At night, when you look at the Sri Padasthana from this cave, you can see the lights of the cave and the light of the cave on the Sri Padasthana. During the day, even the Buddhist flags in the Siripa courtyard can be seen through a telescope.
According to the Diva Guhava pilgrimage stanza, this place has been confirmed as a place of sal trees and we can still see a large sal tree that blooms 365 days a year.
It can easily accommodate over a thousand people and there is always plenty of clean drinking water in the cave and all the amenities to relax in a very cool environment are always located in this place. Surrounding caves are home to thousands of bats, and it is not surprising that not a single bat or other animal enters the cave.
Thus, the aesthetic location of this place as well as this sacred place which is considered to be the abode of the Buddha is worth a visit to all Buddhists.
The Batatotalena Cave where 500 Arahants, including the Buddha, used to visit during the day was called Diva Guhava. This is how the ancient cave temple or Batatotalena Cave can be seen as Diva Guhava.
It is said in our chronicles that in the eighth year of the enlightenment of the Thiloguru Sambuddha, 500 Arahants visited the palace of Maniyakkitha Naraju in Sri Lanka.
Every year from the full moon day of December to the full moon day of May, the devotees perform Siripa Karuna. With the grace of this Siripa, the Batatotalena Cave or Diva Guhava is revered by tens of thousands of Buddhists from today onwards.
We Buddhists need to know how the Diva Guhava disappeared without being worshiped by the Buddhists for over 700 years.