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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  • August 17, 2017
    Please remember to take something to cover your shoulders or a t-shirt! this is a temple. Do not visit during hot hours of the day or your feet will be burn - remember that in temples you have to take...  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    We was there it's good and amazing place in pottuvil area it's so beautiful and attractive place I strongly recommend  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    This is one of the most important and very ancient Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. This temple is next to the sea and near to the world famous beach Arugam bay. travelers must visit to see this ruins of...  more »

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