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Muhudu Maha Viharaya, Pottuvil

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Muhudu Maha Viharaya is a Buddhist temple situated at Pottuvil in Ampara District, Eastern province of Sri Lanka. This temple which is situated near a wide beach, has been built over 2000 years ago by King Kavan Tissa of Ruhuna. Currently the ruins and remains of ancient stupas, Seema Malaka, Avasa Geya and statues can be seen at the site. Important ruins at the temple premises include stone statues of lord Buddha and two statues of old kings or gods.This viharaya marks the landing place of Viharamahadevi, daughter of Kelani Tissa, who was destined to become the queen of King Kavan Tissa of the Rohana kingdom. According to the ancient chronicle Rajavaliya, it is stated that in the second century BC after Kelaniya was submerged by the sea due to a natural disaster, Devi the daughter of King of Kelaniya was cast to sea in a Golden Vessel to appease the gods, and washed ashore near the Muhudu Maha Vihara in Pottuwil. Later she became the main consort of king Kavan Tissa of Ruhuna Kingdom, under the name Viharamahadevi.
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  • Many people stick to the beaches, Arugam bay has many beautiful temples & ruins which are lovely to visit. Everyone we went to, we were alone which was lovely but also a shame. Driver or Tuk Tuk is ne...  more »
  • The place is believed to be the landing place of Princess Vihara Maha Devi, who later became the queen of King Kawan Tissa. She is the mother of much acclaimed King Dutu Gamunu. Believed to be belongi...  more »
  • This is the place where Viharamaha Devi (Queen of King Kawan Tissa) landed to east. There are a newly built stupa and ancient ruins. The historic place is under threat of invasion by minority ethnic g...  more »