Matale Aluvihara, located in Gampaha District, Matale District in the Central Province is a very important place of religious, cultural, historical and archaeological importance. During the reign of King Walagamba in the 1st century BC, the Tripitaka Buddhism became the pinnacle of the Buddhist world.

The archeological value of Aluvihara has been found in historical texts such as the Dipavamsa, Mahavamsa, Asgiri Palpatha, Nikaya Code, Pujavali, ancient artifacts including Brahmi inscriptions and during the period when Sri Lanka was a colony. Aluvihara is the name of this temple. This temple was known by the name of “Shining Light” from the earliest times. The light, which was later illuminated, became the Aluvihara.

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