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Pilikuththuwa Raja Maha Viharaya
Offering spiritual panacea among caves



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A drive of about four kilometers away from the Miriswatta junction on the Gampaha-Wathurugama road, brings us to Pilikuththuwa Raja Maha Viharaya. Sprawling across 200 acres, the temple is nestled among 101 caves! Believed to be the temple with the highest number of drip ledged (locally referred to as kataran) rock caves in the country, its history according to archaeological evidence, extends from the pre-historic era to the Kandyan era. Although the first royal patron of the temple is not confirmed, the brahmi inscriptions identified by Prof. Senerath Paranavitana in four of the caves, as documented in his work Inscriptions of Ceylon Vol 1 and II confirm that they date back to King Devanampiyatissa era. One inscription ‘manorame’ is translated into manaram denoting beautiful or enchanting. The temple is today a protected site of archaeological value declared by the Department of Archaelogy.

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