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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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  • Muhudu means sea, maha means big and vihara means temple. Yes right name for right place where is big temple from sea and surrounding area. I think the temple has more than 800 years and surrounding s...  more »
  • It's very near to the Arugam Bay beach.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...  more »
  • This is a very rare scene. A Temple fully surrounded by sand. This is situated almost on the beach. This is the landing place of Viharamahadevi. 
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  • It's a historical and ancient Buddhist place. There are two access road. 1 is parallel to beach and other road through Muslim colony. Place is surrounded by non Buddhist. Land has occupied forcefully. Buddhist should visit often to help and motivate monks in the temple. They are left alone with less devotees. Please help them to maintain and protect such a important place.
  • Historical temple. It is very sad that so-called organizations who act as saviors of Buddhists pay no attention to this isolated temple.
  • It's based on king Kavantissa's wife Wiharamahadevi's story. The place has a very warm climate. Very Very Warm
  • Good local attraction, but not for special visit. Located in muslim village with not adequate boys. They want baksheesh and throw stones to foriengers.
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