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Dowa Rajamaha Viharaya

Dowa Rajamaha Viharaya

The Dowa Rajamaha Viharaya is located on the Badulla-Bandarawala road. This temple is quite famous as the 38 feet long Buddha statue is carved in granite rock. It was built when King Walagamba was a refugee in the province after the Indian invasion.

The Dowa Rajamaha Viharaya was built by King Walagamba in the 1st century BC. It is a mysterious and legendary temple located in the hills. It also has a unique sculpture called the Mahayana which tells an interesting story about the previous lives of the Supreme Buddha. An incomplete image of the Buddha also slowly breaks down in here.

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There is a small stupa and the cave acts as a stupaghara to the stupa. There is also a tunnel behind this cave. The tunnel is 11 km long and has been cemented due to the evil deeds of the treasure thieves. This tunnel is used to connect the Ravana Maha Viharaya at Ella and the Bogoda Raja Maha Viharaya. There is also a shrine with colorful Buddha statues and 3 chambers. Near the entrance are two guardians, Watuka and Kuvera. The second chamber has a row of Buddha images with attractive dragon picks and paintings. Room 3 has a wooden door and two reclining Buddha statues. At a high altitude, there is a bo tree and a small pond around a rock that has a natural water plant and the water is constantly flowing.

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