The Isurumuni Temple

The Megagiri Vihara built by King Devanampiyatissa who ruled in the capital city of Anuradhapura later became known as Isurumuni Vihara. The temple was renovated by King Kashyapa (473 – 491) and named it “Boopulwan Kasubgiri Radmahahehera”. The names of his two daughters and his names have been combined to form that name. The temple is situated in the vicinity of the Tisawewa between the Dakkhin Stupa and the Eastern Gate of the Ranmazu Garden. The name Megagiri Vihara is more appropriate because it has the image of Lord Parganya, the rain of one of the rocks. It is also known as Israsaramanarama (Isurumuni) since there are five main Aritta chiefs who lived in the Isuru caste.


There is a temple attached to a rock cave and a rock on top. There is a small stupa built there. It seems that the stupa was built today. The statues inside the dragon pandal at the entrance look much older. The entrance to the temple has sandalwood lamps, guard posts, and corvarak. Elephants are depicted as emerging from a pond. To the south of the temple is a horse or bullhead and a human figure on the side of the pond. Prof. Paranavithana says that it is Agni’s and Parjanya’s. The carvings of the Isurumuni lovers, which had been carved on a stone slab, had been carved out elsewhere and then fixed in place.

Isurumuni Lovers
It belongs to the 6th-century cryptocurrency and is currently on display at the Archeological Museum of Isurumuni. A woman sits on a man’s lap. She is raising a finger. It may be to declare her call. But the man is unaware. The engraving depicts the son of Dutugemunu, Prince Saliya and his girlfriend Asokamala, a sadol. Others hold that it may be Siva and Parvati. There is also the view that the Mantras are the perpetual chakras of the Bodhisattva. Finally, the viewpoint can take the right thing.The Isurumuni Temple
The engraving can be compared to the java sculpture, which is mostly Indonesian. In Sri Lanka, the sword is placed on its back, but the sword is on the back of the head. Due to the sword’s posture and the ring around it, this carving is known as the Manju Sri Bodhisattva. The sword symbolizes wisdom, and the ring represents the light of wisdom. Manju Sri Bodhisattva, the lord of wisdom, overcomes the darkness of ignorance with the sword of wisdom.
This is a very important work of art and expression and may have been designed by a stonecutter from Indonesia.

Isurumuni royal family
The inscription on display at the Isurumuni Temple Museum also features Indonesian features. The footprint of the main image is seen in some carvings of Borobudur. His crown is a godly crown. Therefore, it can be taken as the engraving of a Bodhisattva in heaven and his wife.

The Isurumuni TempleThe Kinnaur engraving
The carcass of the human body and three crosses are also in the Isurumuni Museum, which was originally used for decorating a building and later brought to the Isurumuni.

Agni and Purjan
An animal head and a human figure carved into the rock are identified as Agni and Parjanya. It is said that the animal’s head is taken as a horse and symbolized by fire. The pejorative human god is thought to be the god of rain.

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