Pothgul Viharaya

Pothgul Viharaya


Potgul Vihara is a library and a monastery complex as per its name. It has now been revealed that it is the oldest such building in the whole of Sri Lanka. Mr. Bell suggested that the building may have been the board house built by King Parakramabahu I to listen to national stories.

Such a building has not been found anywhere else in Sri Lanka. Mr Bell said this was a masterpiece of Buddhist architecture. The buildings of the Minbian Temple in Cambodia are said to be similar.

The popular belief is that the statue in the hands of King Parakramabahu is like a palm leaf book. This statue is located to the north of the Potgul Vihara complex. When you visit the Potgul Temple, the first thing that catches your eye is this statue.

The statue, which is eleven feet and six inches high, is carved out of a semi-elevated rock. As soon as he saw the statue, he knew that it belonged to a great man.



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