Kadurugoda Temple

Kadurugoda Temple


Kadurugoda temple is a Buddhist temple with 61 dagobas, a small hamlet and archaeological site located in the Chunnakam area in the Jaffna District of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. It is said that the large dagoba here was used for pilgrimage. It is believed that the reason for the construction of dagobas of different sizes is due to the seniority of the Arahants. It is said that there is a doubt whether this is a Javanese inspired creation or not. He has done this construction 2000 years ago.

When Ven. Sangamitta Thero planted the Sri Maha Bodhi sapling in Sri Lanka, It is believed that this is the temple where sixty Arahants who are said to have come to this country have lived and died.

Specialty: The specialty of this temple site is that it has many small dagobas of different sizes built on the same model in a way that is not seen anywhere else in Sri Lanka. It is believed that these dagobas are the relics of sixty Arahants who died here. There are about 61 small dagobas in this area.

History: According to the Mahavamsa, King Devanampiyatissa (250 - 210 BC) erected stone pillars at various places from Dambakola Patune to Anuradhapura and identified this Kadurugoda temple as one of them. According to the description in the catalog of temples and shrines, “Nam Potha” or “Vihara Asne” it has been identified that this Pachinaramaya is the Kadurugoda Vihara today.

According to a TAM inscription found on the premises, King Kasyapa IV mentions the donations made to this temple. It is also known that kings such as Parakramabahu I, Nissankamalla, Lilavati and Buwanekabahu I also patronized this temple.


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