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Gadaladeniya Temple

Diggala, Diggala, Ancient Central, Sri Lanka.
Location : Diggala
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This site with an ancient monastery is found on the flat rock at Diggala in the District of Kandy. According to an inscription there, this temple was built by King Buwanekabahu IV in 1344. The chief architect of this temple has been a South Indian called Ganesvarachari. Therefore this temple is essentially a South Indian design.
The main shrine room has a seated Buddha statue under a makara thorana and four standing Buddha images. The makara thorana is decorated on both faces with gods such as Brahma, Suyama, Santhusuta, Natha and Maithree, and two attendants. Next to the shrine room is a shrine dedicated to God Vishnu.
By the side of the Vishnu Devale is a stupa made on a rock, believed to have been made by the King Parakramabahu V. This stupa has a roof built over it held on four pillars and four smaller satellite stupas have been built on small shrine rooms around the main stupa. This structure is called the Vijayothpaya or Vijayantha Prasada named after the mythical palace of God Indra.
Though this temple is known as ‘Gadaladeniya’ today, an inscription identifies it as ‘Dharma Kirthi Viharaya,’ which is the name of the founding monk.

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