Archive for the ‘Ampara’ Category

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Mullikulam Malai

July 20, 2011

This site, originally known as Batu-vav Kanda, has now acquired the Tamilzed allonym “Mullikulam Malai”.There are two short rock inscriptions of the first century B.C. beside a flight of steps cut on the hill of Mallikulam Malai. Below the drip ledge of a cave is a cave inscription of the 1st century B.C

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Nilagiri Dagoba

July 20, 2011

This dagaba is a very old one. To the south east of the Nilagiri hill there are several caves with pre-Christian inscriptions. It is said that the Pasanadipika Vihara constructed by Mahadathika Mahanaga (9-21 A.D.) may be this

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Kudumbigala

July 20, 2011

There are a large number of dripledged caves here some of which bear inscriptions.There are traces of paintings which go back to ancient times. On Kudumbigala, the largest rock at the site, are the remains of two small dagabas.

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Ratraveli Viharaya

July 20, 2011

At this site are dripledged caves, remains of ancient structures and Buddha statues of stone. The ancient name of the site was Bahogiri Nama Pavata according to an inscription of Mahadathika-Mahanaga (A.D. 7-19). The Archaeological Department says that there is no doubt that the site is the Maninaga Pabbata Vihara of the Mahawamsa.

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Moodu Maha Viharaya

July 20, 2011

Much of the remains at the site appear to be covered by sea sand. At an elevated site is a ruined dagaba. West of the dagoba are the remains of a pillared structure. There is a torso of a standing Buddha statue. To the south is an image house and a pond. East of the dagoba are seen stumps of pillars and brick walls. It is believed that buried under a thick layer of sand are other remains of ancient structures

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Magul Maha Viharaya

July 20, 2011

This has been known as the Ruhunu Maha Vihara in ancient times. It was built by King Dhatusena (453-474 A.D.). The structures here had been reconstructed by Vihara Maha Devi wife of Bhuwenakabahu IV of Gampola and Parakramabahu V of Dedigama in the 14th century. Two inscriptions of this queen are at the site. In an area girt by a prakara of stone slabs are a Bodhigara, an image house, a dagaba and a sabbath house.

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Dighavapi

July 20, 2011

The department has located 35 archaeological sites in the Dighavapi complex. The archaeological area is a mere 42 square kilometres in extent. The area declared under the Archaeological department is only four hundred yards in radius of each site leaving the other areas unprotected under the Antiquities Ordinance No. 9 of 1940. There are several ancient inscriptions in the area. In 1986 a gold leaf inscription 14 cm in length and 1.5 cm in width had been unearthed. The inscription had been deposited inside a reliquary made of thick gold sheets. The text of the inscription was as follows: “Hail. The stupa (reliquary) of King Mahitisa (Kannittha Tissa) son of King Naka”. King Kannittha Tissa reigned from 164 — 192 AD.

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