Histoire was made in this place when King Kelanitissa, daughter of the Kingdom of Kelaniya, married the King of Rohana, King Kavantissa, who united in the second century BC the Southern portion of Sri Lanka.
MagulMahaViharaya has many features not found in many temples that were designed to celebrate a union, which was to alter the face of Sri Lankan history forever.
In Lahugala in the midst of an elephant-infested Lahugala kithulana forest reserve, MagulMahaViharaya looks like a lost city in the midst of the jungle’s towering trees.
It is distinguished by 200 hectares of the archeological site with temple complexes and granaries and was the home of 12,000 Arahants around 2000 years ago. The monastery and a fortified building were built in anticipation of the Dutugemunu-Elara war against a Tamil King from South India who was attacked by the King. It was built for a long time.
Three courtyards, outside, inside and center comprise the temple complex itself.
There is a heavy stone wall on the exterior yard with seven lakes that supplied the temple with water. The interior housed the Bhikshus who lived in the temple, whilst the primary interest of the temple lies in the central courtyard.
The primary attractions of the central courtyard are an image house with an uncommon bodhi-ghara and a mahout accompanying the elephant, initially Princess Viharamaha-Depi and King Kavantissa poruwa.
A Viharagua is also located on the main courtyard, with a Buddha statue, carved in moonstones, and a Dagoba, tested by the weather and time. The ViharaMaluwa side doors stand upright while today’s primary entrance consists of a bunch of ruins.
Despite his aura of romanticism and bravado, the archeological proof has yet to prove the tale that links the temple to Princess Devi and King Kavantissa. In the form of a stone inscription, the ancient archeological proof says that King Datusena built this temple and refurbished the second ViharaMaha Devi, Buwanakabahu’s wife, in 4th and again in the 5th century, King Parakramabahu.
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