Pilikuththuwa Rajamaha Viharaya

Pilikuththuwa Rajamaha Viharaya
Pilikuththuwa Rajamaha Viharaya

Direction for Pilikuththuwa Rajamaha Viharaya:
You can rash Pilikuththuwa Rajamaha Viharaya from Yakkala junction or from Miriswattha Junction.

When you take a turn at Miriswattha Junction from Colombo Kandy main road, you have to travel 6-7 km and you will find a by lane to Pilikuththuwa rajamaha Viharaya.

If you take a turn from Yakkala junction, you have to travel around 3-4km along the Kiridiwela road and you will find a Y junction. You have to take the right hand side lane. If you take the left side, you can reach Koskadavila Temple.

There are several stories about the village ?Pilikuththuwa? got its name. One belief is that this pace got its name Pilikuththuwa because this village provided apparel to kings. The "Pili" means Cloths in Sinhalese language.

Another story connected to this name is that king Valagamba used to stay in this area during 1 century AD, before he wiped out the South Indian invaders. One of the cave used to store his queens cloths and thats why this place got that name.

Pilikuththuwa Boo Tree
Pilikuththuwa Boo Tree

Pilikuthuwa Boo tree & the Dharma Shalawa::
Once you enter to the Pilikuththuwa Temple, the Darma Shalawa ( preaching hall) is located by your right hand side. This was build in 1910. Once you pass it, you will reach the Boo maluwa. There are are two Boo trees are there but some times you may notice them as branches of one tree.

Pilikuththuwa Cave Temple:

Pilikuththuwa Cave Temple
Pilikuththuwa Cave Temple Paintings which have some Portuguese Influence. King Wessantha is wearing socks and queen Manthree was drawn as a normal woman

Once you pass the Boo tree you can reach the cave temple and the stupa.

When you enter the cave temple, first you will be in a small section, where you can see some mural paintings. One of the noticeable thing is the disfigured mural paintings due to Portuguese influence. These were done in 16th century when the some parts of Sri Lanka were ruled by Portuguese. The paintings were done such a way that the king Vessanthara was wearing socks and shoes and even the queen Mathri was drawn as as with normal type of cloths, not much specialty. Most of the women are not wearing anything for the top.

Pilikuththuwa Cave Temple Paintings
Old Paintings

Those paintings were at your left side and you can see the original paintings with authentic Sri Lankan tradition by yor right hand side. The wooden ceiling of this section was decorated with paintings on Lotus, Palapethi and symbols belong to 12 lagna(rashi)

Pilikuththuwa Cave Temple Doratupala Rupaya
Doratupala Rupaya

The doratupala figure located by entrance of the section 2( main cave temple) also wearing a Portuguese soldier uniform.

Pilikuththuwa Cave Temple Paintings

Pilikuththuwa Cave Temple Paintings

The section 2 is large in size and you can see Buddha statues, many other statues and beautiful mural paintings.

Pilikuththuwa Cave Temple Paintings
Buddha Statues inside the cave temple

Pilikuththuwa Stupa:
Pilikuththuwa Stupa( dageba) is located by right hand side of the cave temple inside a large cave. This dageba is small in size and believed that done in Mahanuwara kingdom time. Top of the main entrance of the caves, were carved in “kataram” style to prevent rain water coming inside.

Pilikuththuwa Stupa Pilikuththuwa Stupa

Pilikuththuwa Temple Bell:
The Gantara ( Temple bell) tower is also located on a small rock.

Pilikuththuwa Cave Temple Temple Bell
Gantara Kuluna - Temple Bell

Pilikuththuwa Upper Viharaya:
This is a small viharaya located by the left side on the main cave temple. You have to climb around 20 steps to reach this. This is very small in size and you can Buddha statue and some other paintings inside that. This paintings believed to be done in British time.

Pilikuththuwa Small Cave Temple
Small Cave Temple at the upper level

Wooden Bridge:
This small wooden bridge was done between two awasa ( where monks lived) and believed to be done in Dutch period. You can see a water stream flows under that. This was renovated by Archaeological department recently.

Pilikuththuwa Cave Temple Wooden Bridge
Wooden Bridge

Awasa Geya:
One of the awasa were done in Mahanuwara kingdom time and one was done under Dutch period of time. The last awasa done with English architectural design.

You can see a "Dolawa" used by ven: Hikkaduwe Sri Sumanga". He came to Pilikutthuwa by this Dolawa and wend back by temple cart. So he left the dolawa in the temple.

Old Dolawa
Old Dolawa

Caves at Pilikuththuwa:
There are large number of caved located by the left side of the cave temple. You can climb the rock and visit them. You can see a large 'Pus vela" on your way to top. If you can reach the top this rocky mountain, you can get a good view of the surrounding area.

 Pus wela
Pus wela

Pilikuththuwa Caves
Pilikuththuwa Caves

Siripathula:
Siripathula is located on the small rock and you can climb easily with stares.

Pilikuththuwa Caves
Siri Pathula

Referances:
http://amazinglanka.com/heritage/pilikuththuwa/pilikuththuwa2.php
Plikuththuwa Rajamaha Viharaya by mr. Sanjeewa Prasanna Thennakoon ( You can buy this book from the temple)

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