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Handagala Vihara temple

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Handagala Vihara, a cave temple located under a boulder, was built during the late Kandy period. It houses a large reclining statue of the Buddha & a dagoba. On the walls of the exterior & interior, & on the cave-roof, are paintings of the period, some of which were painted over in the 20th century. In addition, a few poorly preserved traces of paint probably dating from the 5th century indicate that the temple was already in use during the classical Sinhalese period. These may be among the earliest paintings in their island.