The Ethkanda Rajamaha Viharaya – One has to travel 150 meters from the Kandy road to reach this place which is situated in the middle of the city which is a gem of a Kurunegala town. In the past, this city was known as the Hasty Shalyapura. There are several major rock formations surrounding the temple. It is said that the Indians had come to Kururata in India in the recent past and were known as Kurunegala in the area since they were settled in the area in the past. reports. It is said that this temple was built during the reign of King Suratissa (187 – 177 BC) by King Peetissa II after the arrival of Mahinda.
The Bodhi tree here belongs to the Anuradhapura period. Similarly, King Agrabod I of AD. It is said that this temple was built during the period 571- 604 AD. There are ruins and two statues belonging to the Anuradhapura period. They are refined and painted. There is another small cave with the main cave of the temple. Accordingly, this temple belongs to the cave temple. The Seven Week is depicted as the canopy of the two caves. There are many antiquities in the Viharaya with frescoes. Dabara, or water filter, is made of a special type of rock.
It is customary to display the ‘Jataka Katha’ book which is placed in this Vihara and display it around the Perahera. It was a royal decree of King Pandita Parakramabahu who ruled in Dambadeniya. (1302 – 1326 AD) In the court proceedings of Kurunegala courts after 1815 AD, it was customary for witnesses to visit the temple to swear an oath before the court officials. The garments belonging to the deity are placed in the Gale Bandara Devalaya of the Elephanta Temple.
The concept of the Bandara Deva originated with the death of King Buwanekabahu II, who was born to a Muslim queen in the capital city of Kurunegala, in reign of King Buwanekabahu II. After the birth of the prince Buwanekabahu as king, Ministers and Prince Buwanekabahu had conspired and arranged a sacrifice and had prepared the Yagya Pavilion at the top of the Athugala. Bury the bodies of the king who was there and do the same Built heritage has played minutes. Accordingly to this day Muslims and Sinhalese devotees in the area attend this sacred ceremony at Bandara Devalaya. A 2 feet high Gale Bandaradeva statue made of red sandalwood is placed in this Devalaya.
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