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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  • You can't compare to the temples of the triangle, but not bad, interesting Bodisattva statues, and even the remains of the Buddha, the stupa is classic but not far from the beach is free worth it
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  • Beautiful ocean view, an interesting landscape. More impressed with the nature around than the temple itself. Since the area of Arugam Bay particularly watch nothing, if you're there to relax, visit the Temple of course worth it. Specially to travel from other regions special makes no sense.
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  • The new place of worship has been built around the ruins of an ancient place of worship. It seems very little is done to preserve the ruins of the ancient temple. A lot of history and legend of the lo...  more »

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