Ethkanda Rajamaha Viharaya – To reach this place you have to travel about 150 meters from the Kandy road to reach this place at the foothills of the city center which is a gem in the Kurunegala District. In the past, this city was known as Hasthi Shailyapura. There are several Pagnaradhana rock mountains around this temple. Namely, Ibbagala, Adagala, Angangala, Elugala, Kuruminiyagala, Yakdessagala, etc. In the past, some people say that Kurunegala was known as Kurunegala because the Indians came from Kururata and settled there.
It is said that this area was inhabited by the aborigines even before the arrival of Mahinda and they worshiped the sun. It is said that this temple was built by King Suratissa (187 – 177 BC), a younger brother of King Pathissa II, by the order of King Pathissa II after the arrival of Mahinda.
The Bodhi tree in Ethkanda Rajamaha Viharaya belongs to the Anuradhapura era. Also, King Agnarabodhi I. It is said that a Pannarasada was built for this temple during the period 571 – 604. There are ruins and two Selmuwa statues belonging to the Anuradhapura period. They are treated and colored. There is another small cave in this temple along with the Pagnaradhana cave. Accordingly, this temple belongs to the group of cave temples. The canopy of both these cave temples represents the Seven Weeks. There are many antiquities in this temple with murals depicting Mahinda Gamanaya – Pannarajapati Gothamya’s Katina Chivara Pooja – Pidusinga growth in Rajagaha etc. Among them, the Dabarawa or water filter made of a special type of rock plays an important role. It is also customary to place the Jataka storybooks kept in this temple inside the Gannarantha and parade around the city in a procession. It was a royal decree of King Panditha Parakanjaramabahu who ruled in Dambadeniya. Archaeologists Codrington and Goren Dave record that after 1815 CE, witnesses who visited the temple in Kurunegala court proceedings to swear allegiance to the Book of Jataka in front of court officials. Is.
In the Gale Bandara Devalaya belonging to the Elephant Kanda Vihara, the clothes belonging to that deity are kept. This Gale Bandara deity is a living pancreatic deity concept. The concept of Bandara Deva dates back to the assassination of Bhuvanekabahu II, King of Bhuvanekabahu II, who ruled Kurunegala during the capital city of Kurunegala, and Bhuvanekabahu III, the son of a Muslim queen. With the accession of the prince to the throne, the ministers and Prince Wanni Buwanekabahu conspired to prepare a sacrifice and set up the sacrificial pavilion on the top of Athugala. At midnight, while the king was in the sacrificial pavilion, King Athugala was assassinated. Subsequently, the relatives of the Muslims who lived in the area and the friends of the landlord Prince Bhuvanekabahu buried the body of the king at the foot of Athugala and built a devalaya at the same place and performed rituals. Accordingly, Muslims and Sinhalese devotees in the West still attend the rituals at the Gale Bandara Devalaya. There is also a 2 feet high stone Bandaradeva Pannarathima made of Rath Sandun wood which is placed in this Devalaya.
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