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Buduruwagala Temple

Nearby City:Wellawaya
Category:Heritage
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Buduruwagala temple in Wellawaya is famous because of the standing Buddha statue among other statues in the temple. Temple’s name means the rock of Buddhist Sculptures. However, Its original name is unknown. The largest of the standing Buddha statue is 51 feet (16 m) in height from head to toe. It is the largest standing Buddha statue of the island. The statues date back to the 10th century.

To visit this historic place, you have to travel about 9 km from Wellawaya town which is a scenic route. There are two central statues as well the other figures besides the main Buddha statue. According to the local belief, one of the statues is the Buddhist mythological figure, Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara while the other one is his consort, Tara.

“There is a carved shape of about 3 feet wide and 4 feet high. It is of the shape of a flame. The inside wall of this carved shape is always wet of an oil that smells very much like Mustard oil. This oil comes to the carved shape with no explainable source or reason.” – Wikipedia

Buduruwagala Archaeological Museum is a regional museum located near the Buduruwagala temple. The museum exhibits archaeological objects found in the Buduruwagala area and also relics belonging to Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, and Kandy periods. It is open from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm and closes on Tuesday.

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