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Dambadeniya Wijayasundararamaya

Dambadeniya, Dambadeniya, Ancient Central, Sri Lanka.
Location : Dambadeniya
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The two storied quaint Vihara mandiraya set in the middle of a cluster of modern buildings is believed to have been the old Dalada Maligawa. The wooden upstairs part of the building can be ascended by a steep precariously slanting stairway and you will be treated to a modest shrine room.
An ancient stairway, the eastern boundary wall, some caves, several ponds, clay ringed wells have been found at the summit of the hill adjacent to the temple. But access to these is difficult.
Sadly little remains of the ancient buildings of the Dambadeniya period. This is said to be because most of the work during this period was of brick. But a few stone images, carvings have been found and are exhibited in the temple precincts.
It was Vijeya Bahu III who first made Dambadeniya his capital. King Kalinga Magha was ruling at Polonnaruwa. However Dambadeniya’s golden age dawned with the accession to the throne of Parakramabahu II the eldest son of Vijeya Bahu III. The learned Parakrama Buhu II titled Panditha Parakramabahu is said to have been one of the greatest scholars to have ruled ancient Sri Lanka. The great epic Kavisilumina was his main work.

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