About Raja Maha Viharaya
Mulkirigala Rajamaha Viharaya is an antiquated sanctuary of archeological worth situated in the Hambantota District of the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. This sanctuary is situated in Weeraketiya region and it is 2 km from Mulkirigala intersection. This sanctuary can be reached from Dickwella or Tangalle regions and the Mulkirigala sanctuary is otherwise called Kuda Sigiriya. Today the sanctuary is known as Mulkirigala yet in antiquated occasions it was known as Samudda Pabbata, Muhandara Giri, Muhudu Gira, Giriba Vehera, Giriba Lena, Dakkhina Pabbata, Dakkhina Gira, Muwathirigala, Mukirigalla and Mullagiriya. The stupa at the highest point of the Mulkirigala sanctuary was worked by King Saddhatissa. ව. The Mahavamsa states that it was implicit the third century and the set of experiences expresses that a stupa was worked by King Dhatusena. Ruler Walagamba just as King Keerthi Sri Rajasinghe who managed during the Kandy time frame likewise completed the remodel work of this sanctuary. The Mulkirigala sanctuary is situated on a 205 meter high regular stone and is encircled by four different rocks called Benagala, Kondagala, Bodhagolla and Seelawathugala.
Location of Mulkirigala temple
The Mulkirigala Vihara comprises of five principle patios in particular Siyambala Maluwa, Pahala Maluwa, Meda Maluwa, Rajamaha Maluwa and Udaha Maluwa and to arrive at the highest point of the sanctuary one needs to move around 550 stages. The stupa comprises of a two-fruited Ruha Bodhi, a chime tower, a post and a lake with a yard. The regal yard incorporates the Sala stone house, the engraving, the lake, the new sanctuary, the Naga sanctuary and the Piriniwan Manchaka. The patio comprises of a stupa, a bodhi tree, a yard, a cavern sanctuary, and a religious community in the center. The workplace identified with the sanctuary is situated in the lower yard and the stupa, the Bo tree, the Rajamaha Nalen sanctuary, the Paduma Rahath sanctuary, the engraving, the old limit stone, the Bhanaka cave and the stone engraving are additionally in this patio. The Siyambala yard houses the gallery, the sanctuary and the rest house.
History of Mulkirigala Temple
The engraving here states that this sanctuary is known as Muhudungiri. It is accepted to have a place with the tenth century. It is accepted that the ocean view on one side of the stone is the justification for this. Rumors from far and wide suggest that when King Saddhatissa (137–119 BC) went hunting around here, a Vedda called attention to that it was a decent spot to assemble a sanctuary. Rumors have spread far and wide suggesting that the Mulkirigala sanctuary was associated with the Hakmana burrow by one more passage and that the passage was made by a cobra lord. History specialists accept that this Mulkirigala sanctuary is known as the “Thala Muhudgiri Viharaya” in the twelfth century Katagamuwa Inscription of King Manabharana. BC There is an assessment that this sanctuary is the Samudgiri sanctuary which is said to have been worked by King Kavantissa in the second century. As indicated by the Bodhivansa, this sanctuary was referred to as Giriba Vihara just as in certain spots as Dakkhinagiri Vihara and during the Polonnaruwa time frame this sanctuary was known as Samudragiri Vihara. As
indicated by European records, the sanctuary was otherwise called Adamberk. During the Kandyan time frame, this sanctuary was known as Mulagiri Viharaya.
Architecture of Mulkirigala Temple
The cavern canvases at the Mulkirigala Temple can be portrayed as a painting occasion that possesses an exceptional spot in the Kandy painting custom of the country. Jataka stories, for example, Wessanthara, Thelapaththa and Sivi are painted in two-dimensional style. Stripped ladies wearing drumsticks playing the drums is known as an exceptional work of art here. The Thelapattha Jataka artistic creations in the yard of the Rajamaha Vihara are viewed as the most established compositions in the sanctuary. There are 7 cavern sanctuaries in the sculptural sanctuary of this sanctuary. Among them are the leaning back and leaning back Buddha sculptures of eighteen cubits, the sculptures of the four Buddhas and the sculptures of things to come Buddha, the sculptures of Aga Sav and the sculptures of Gods and Goddesses.
The Vaharale engraving, the stone engraving of the lake and the cavern engraving are the stone engravings present in the sanctuary. Vaharale’s letter Dating to the sixth seventh century, this engraving comprises of antiquated Sinhala language and intelligent Brahmi script. Promotion The Pokune rock engraving of the ninth tenth century contains the middle age Sinhala language. Here is the portrayal of an elderly person named Kahawelkiyanrala who made 4 stone strides into the lake of the Muhudugiri Vihara for a month to month charge. The Mulkirigala cave engraving can be found in the Bhanaka cave. Has a place with the 2-first century. The Madhimabhanaka Upasona contains insights concerning the contribution of the priest’s cavern to the missing priests.