Sithulpawwa Raja Maha Viharaya , a historical and sacred place situated in the Hambantota district of the Southern Province, was a sacred place for the use of the Buddhist monks as well as the Arahants. This sacred site is situated near the Katagamuwa village between Tissamaharama and Kataragama. Pilgrims visiting Kataragama will find a road on the left from Tissamaharama town on the Kirinda Road, passing the Yodakandiya Lake. About 25 km along this road you will find the Sithulpawwa backwaters. It is located 15 km south of Kataragama in the middle of the Yala Sanctuary. The road system is well designed for you to travel to this picturesque area without any hazards.
A charming rock, a charming rock is named after the mind because it has been able to inspire the mind and bring happiness, comfort, peace of mind and mystical power.
The Sithulpawwa shrine attracts mostly pilgrims to the Poson Poya. This season is full of devotees including Dana, Sheela, meditation programs and dansals. The magnificent view of the four sides is breathtaking as you climb to the small rock in the main chaitya in front of the present monastery of Sithulpawwa Pin Pin. To the west is the Kataragama mountain range. Looking at the southeast, there are small Ravana and Maha Ravana lighthouses. The Haputale Bandarawela Range is visible from the North. The Chaitya Chaitya and the Koravakkal Hill are also very visible. Beyond this backdrop, you will encounter a large number of sacred Arahath’s rock. The ruins of a 100 feet long poya house are also visible near the present monastery. From the ancient stone
It is said in the chronicles that there were about 200,000 Bhikkus in the Sithulpawwa Vihara built by King Kavantissa in the third century BC. The Mahavamsa states that King Kavantissa had made offerings to the Maha Sangha for the benefit of King Kawantissa, who had made a law to preserve this deed in the face of the construction of alms, lodges, tanks and ponds.
It is said that Prince Dutugemunu went to the Sithulpawwa Viharaya and offered to the noble Buddhist monks who lived there before he went to war with King Elara. King Ledjitissa on the left of the entrance to the Sithulpawwa temple said to have been made by. King Saddhatissa, the father of King Lajjitissa, also undertook the renovation of the temple. During the reign of King Walagamba. BC. In about 78, there was a famine called the Baminitia Saya. At this time there were about 12,000 Buddhist monks living in Sithulpawwa. A similar number of Buddhist monks worked in the Tissa Viharaya, now known as Tissamaharamaya. The monks ate at the Girikandara where Githirakanda was on his way to Sithulpawwe while the Buddhist monks ate at the Githirakanda. According to chronicles, everyone was aware of the danger.
According to the chronicles, King Walagamba made a sacrifice to the Sithulpawwa near the Sithulpawwa before the battle with the Tamils. In one of the rock inscriptions in Sithulpawu the king refers to Ilanaga as “Mahanaka”. King Ilanaga donated lots of land to Sithulpawwa. King Bhattibhaya also wrote. According to the chronicles, it was a small pond which was renovated in 7 years. One of the ponds near the present monastery. An inscription in Sithulpawwa states that King Vijayabahu I had sacrificed a village to supply medicine to the monks living in Sithulpawwa.
All the kings who ruled the area from the time of Christ until the reign of Parakumba II have rendered this Sithulpawwa a great service to the country and sacrificed all the necessary components for a temple. Later, due to the internal turmoil in the country and the degeneration of the Ruhunu area, the Arahanthikaya became a habitat for the wild animals.
The kings of the past have rendered a positive social service to the Sithulpawwa temple. The Department of Archeology of Maha Sithulpawwa which was built by King Kawantissa and restored by the Department of Archeology has been renovated. It was built on top of a rock that was 400 feet high in front of the present monastery.
There are also several pillars in the tank sluice on the road leading to the temple of Sithulpawwa Pin Bima. The cave temple is located on the eastern slope of the Sithulpawwa mountain. The domestique of the gallana draws the sermon of the Dhamkavas. The small Sithulpawwe built by King Kavantissa can be seen today with the foundation of two chaityas. On the way to the small Sithulpawwa is a very nice stone cage made of stone. The stone basket made by King Vasabha was used by the Arahants for Dhamma discussions. The Sangha of this land consisting of the headquarters, the Bodhi Ghara, the stone pandal, etc.
Most of the stone that he has completed for his dwelling can be seen. This stone is made for meditative monks.
The Magul Maha Viharaya is a place to visit before reaching the Sithulpawwa. The Magul Maha Viharaya has been completed in honor of King Kavantissa and Viharamaha Devi. This ruined place was restored in 2005 by the present Chief Incumbent, raising the past. This ruined place was restored in 2005 by the present Chief Incumbent, raising the past.
We visit various places of worship based on Sithulpaw. The Seelavakanda mountain range monastery, the Gonagala monastery, the Pimburagala monastery, the monastery, the Kotapabbatha temple are some of them. With the degeneration of Ruhuna, this princely forest, which has attracted the attention of all the royal children of historical importance, became a forest. The present revival marked the early twentieth century.
After reading the book and revealing the importance of the forest, the Chief Incumbent of the Yatagala Raja Maha Vihara in Galle, Sri Rathanajothi Gunarathanabhidhana Nayaka Thero discovered the ruined Situlpawwa sacred site. With the permission of the British Government, the land was cleared and the former was cleared. Intec.
The Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya in Unawatuna has been rendering immortal service to the Hela Buddhist culture since then.
After his passing away in 1936, Ven. Iluppitiye Jinaratana Thera, the Chief Incumbent of the Kalahe Sri Ven. In the time of the Thera, the road from Tissamaharama to Sithulpawwa and Kataragama to Sithulpawwa had been completed by the laborers of the Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya without any machinery. After uncovering the fearless trails of the wild animals, the wells were cleared, the wells were cleared, the ponds were cleared. It was also during his time that the statue of the sleeping statue of Gallakkan Vihara was completed.
After the death of Ven. Iluppitiye Jinaratana Thera, Ven. Wattehene Piyarathana Thera was entrusted with the task of developing the Sithulpawwa. The Kataragama Sithulpawwa road, which had been cleared so hard, was destroyed by an accident in 1976 after the renovation and maintenance of the two-year road, the construction of an iron fence and the construction of a temple complex were completed.