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Yudaganawa Temple

  Province Uva
  District Monaragala
  Nearest Town Wellawaya
  Period 2 nd century BC
  Ruler -

Introduction

Yudaganawa Temple is located close to Buttala on the Wellawaya– Buttala Road. This is one of the largest Stupas in the country and dates back to 2 nd century BC. This is thought to be place prince Tissa and his brother prince Gamini (Later The great king Dutugemunu) has a major battle for the throne after the death of his father King Kavanthissa (2 nd century BC)

This colossal stupa was probably was not completed and it seems that the top of the partially constructed stupa was leveled and a smaller stupa was built on top it at a later stage. This stupa is also known as Kinkini Stupa among the locals.You can reach the site from either Wellawaya or from Kataragama depending on which route you take.

History

Yudaganawa Temple is located close to Buttala on the Wellawaya– Buttala Road. This is one of the largest Stupas in the country and dates back to 2 nd century BC. This is thought to be place price Tissa and his brother price Gamini (Later The great king Dutugemunu) had a major battle after the death of his father King Kavanthissa (2 nd century BC)

This colossal stupa was probably was not completed and it seems that the top of the partially constructed stupa was leveled and a smaller stupa was built on top it at a later stage. This stupa is also known as "Kinkini Stupa" among the locals.

After thousands of years of negligence, stupa is now under restoration. You can still see massive trees on the upper platform of the stupa which has not been uprooted yet. Also waking around the stupa you can see the platform of the stupa has been cleared after excavating about 3 feet.

Just before the Yudaganawa car park you will pass a small stupa on the road side. This is identified as the "Chulangani Viharaya" belonging to the 12th century. But the Buddha statues inside the image house (see photos) have been dated to the 6-7th centuries.