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Kadurugoda Temple

Jaffna, Jaffna and North, Sri Lanka.
Location : Jaffna
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One of the oldest Buddhist shrines in Sri Lanka, the temple has around 60 stupas and according to reports there were many more, which destroyed during the invasions.
Kadurugoda Temple is located in Chunnakam (Hunugama) in the Jaffna District. The main religious attraction in this place are the stupas and there are some other Buddhist ruins also. These stupas are built in various sizes and it is believed that they were constructed from the ‘Dathu’ (remains) of 60 arahath monks who lived in the Punkuduthiv area. It is also believed that Lord Buddha visited this site and stayed here for some time during his second visit to Sri Lanka.
Reports reveal that the archaeological importance of this site was first identified by a former District Judge of Jaffna, Paul E. Pieris in 1917. During the archaeological excavations done in 1917-1919, some Buddha statues, coloured tiles and coins had been found from this site, belonging to the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa period.
The Portuguese mentioned this place as ‘Kandarakuddei’ on their documents. According to an old inscription found at the site, King Kashyapa (IV) made a donation to the place in the 9th century.

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