Muhudu Maha Vihara, Pottuvil

4.3
Muhudu Maha Vihara is a Buddhist temple situated at Pottuvil in Ampara District, Eastern province of Sri Lanka. This temple which is situated near a wide beach, has been built over 2000 years ago by King Kavan Tissa of Ruhuna. Currently the ruins and remains of ancient stupas, Seema Malaka, Avasa Geya and statues can be seen at the site. Important ruins at the temple premises include stone statues of lord Buddha and two statues of old kings or gods.This viharaya marks the landing place of Viharamahadevi, daughter of Kelani Tissa, who was destined to become the queen of King Kavan Tissa of the Rohana kingdom. According to the ancient chronicle Rajavaliya, it is stated that in the second century BC after Kelaniya was submerged by the sea due to a natural disaster, Devi the daughter of King of Kelaniya was cast to sea in a Golden Vessel to appease the gods, and washed ashore near the Muhudu Maha Vihara in Pottuwil. Later she became the main consort of king Kavan Tissa of Ruhuna Kingdom, under the name Viharamahadevi.
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  • its ok but no boady dont go there because temple securty man not alowed inside he is a very dageris man  more »
  • A Buddhist temple with over 2000 years of history. According to the Sri Lankan historical inscriptions, the temple was built by King Kavantissa marking the land of Viharamadevi to the Rohana Kingdom.....  more »
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  • A must go place. Love the uniqueness of where the temple is located right next to the beach. Try to avoid mid day time as it's really hot and you might burn your feet. Don't forget to taste orange juice at the near by small bootique shop.
  • A temple with a great history. A unique place in Sri Lanka. Muslim invaders have invaded the temple premises. We nee to protect our heritage like these.

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