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Nagapabbatha Monastery in Bambaragasthalawa

The remains of an old Monastery lost in the moment and the jungle is hidden in the middle of the Kudumbigala Wildlife Sanction, a few miles away from the Kudumbigala Forest Hermitage.

Ruins spread over approximately 60 acres of jungled land speak of their days of glory, but nothing but the 36-foot Buddha statue in Bambaragasthalawa moves a devotee. Built inside a cellar that shielded it from the hardships of nature, the giant statue of clay and lime had to succeed to the evil of people in their quest of a treasure digging in their heads, in their feet, and in mid parts.

It is thought to have been constructed between the fourth and eighth centuries but the monastery’s history begins with the rule of the king Gotabheya who governed the nation in the years 249-262. The drop cave, which contains the statue of Buddha and the Buddha statue itself.  The inscription is, however, a 200-foot lengthy cellar with partitions and plastered walls, which says that the cellar is called’ nagapawathasenasana’ and has been constructed by a donor called’ Mithra.’  The hollow is located on the rocky edge, offering a dramatic panorama and is thought to be the first hollow built in this convent.

Halls of adoration, preaching, alms halls, and bathrooms, constructed in rocks and bricks, decorated in subtle bricks and maçons, have remained in ruins in the middle of the monastery ground, which is not even accessible by foot.

Almost ten abandoned stupas were placed on the cliffs of the fourth century facing the Southeast Beaches and were the beacons of white maritime life of a nation full of saffron-robbed monks and individuals who followed an ancient Dhamma.

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