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Devanagala Raja Maha Viharaya (temple)

July 5, 2011

King Valagambah in his efforts to develop Buddhism commissioned the building of many temples,
Devanagala Raja Maha Viharaya on the Devanagala rock is one such temple.
The western side has the famous “Balana” pass, famed for its ability to trap and help destroy the
portugese who attacked the Hill Capital time and time again. Just a little below this can be seen the
shape of a white dagoba situated on top of a bald round rock. This is the Devanagala Viharaya and
the climb to it from the very bottom takes about 45 minutes. The ruins and 360 degree view are
spectacular and it gives you an idea of the impregnability of this highland kingdom.

Directions and location

This is on the Colombo Kandy road at the point where you can see the unique scenery of Bible Rock.
Devanagala Raja Maha Viharaya can be reached from Mawanella town along the road to Aluth
Nuwara.

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Kegalle District

June 29, 2011
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