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Medawala Vihara

  Province Central
  District Kandy
  Nearest Town Kandy
  Period 14th century
  Ruler King Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe

Introduction

Medawala Vihara is a 14th century temple. This building fell into disrepair, however, & the present temple was built in the 18th century by King Kirti Sri Rajasinhe. One interesting feature is an image house built with timber & wattle & daub that is raised above the ground on short stone columns. Inside is a seated image of the Buddha in front of a decoratively carved & painted wooden panel with representations of a Bo-tree, gods, disciples & dragons. On the side walls are depicted a line of disciples, Jataka tales (stories of Bodhisattava in 550 previous births of Buddha), scenes from the Buddha's life following the gaining of enlightenment & the 16 holiest places (Solosmasthana) for Buddhists in Sri Lanka.