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Dowa Rajamaha Viharaya

  Province Uva
  District Badulla
  Nearest Town Bandarawela
  Period 1st century BC
  Ruler King Walagambau


The Dowe Rajamaha Vihara temple has a beautiful ornamental gateway that attracts visitors. This temple is thought to be done by King Walagamba in the in first century BC. This is one of the many temples built by the king while taking refuge in the Uva province after an Indian invasion. The temple has gain popularity mainly due to its massive 38 feet Buddha Statue carved in the granite rock. At the top of the boulder is a small stupa. This stupa is the on the same level as the road and it is the only indication of a temple to a traveler on the road. At the rear of the image house is a small stupa inside a cave. Behind this stupa, inside the cave is a tunnel called the Ravana Guhawa guarded by a figure of a Clay King Cobra. This 11 km long tunnel is said to be connecting the Ravana Maha Viharaya at Ella and the Bogoda Raja Maha Viharaya. Yet the entrance to the 11 km long secret tunnel guarded by a statue of a cobra has been locked away for nearly four decades and its outlet in Ella too is prohibited to the public for security reasons and earthslips..

The Image house built inside the cave is full of colourful murals and Buddha Images and consists of 3 chambers with some paintings belonging to the Kandyan era, depicting various Jataka stories

The Bo Tree is on a higher elevation than the image house. On this platform is a small pond surrounding a rock? This rock forms a natural watersprout and water continuously flows through small openings at the top of the rock.

Dova Raja Maha Viharaya lies few kilometres away from the Bandarawela town on the Bandarawela - Badulla Road.