Galmaduwa Raja Maha Viharaya

Galmaduwa Raja Maha Viharaya


This is the only Hindu temple-style Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. As we explore the history of this temple we see that this temple was built on request. Galmaduwa Gedige Rajamaha Viharaya in this historic Kundasale was built at the request of King Keerthi Sri Rajasinghe, the Archbishop of Senkadagalapura, who came to the hill country.

This temple consists of special temples It is believed that the Gedige Vihara was built in accordance with the Pallava tradition under the guidance of South Indian craftsmen. That is, It is said that this temple was built according to the Pallava tradition of South India as the king was a Nayakkara by birth and his queen was a Hindu woman.

It is a marvelous structure built of massive granite. The temples here are very different from all the other temples in the area. This looks like a rock in the distance. Some people have different opinions about that hole. Legend has it that this was a trap set to assassinate the king.

Murals of ancient upcountry features can be seen inside the temple. This temple consists of two temples. The temples are well designed.

Route: When you come to Kandy from Kandy-Digana Kundasale, do not forget to pay homage to the Galmaduwa Temple which you will come across on the Kalapura Road on the left hand side when passing the Tennekumbura Bridge.


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