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Pothgul Vihare Ratnapura

  Province Sabaragamuwa
  District Ratnapura
  Nearest Town Ratnapura
  Period 1st century B.C
  Ruler -

Introduction

Dating back to the 1st century B.C this temple built by King Valagambahu has cave paintings and a statue of the Reclining Buddha. An interesting sculpture of a devil with his mouth open and a figure ready to jump in is a representation of the Buddha sacrificing himself in one of his 550 lives. The temple can be reached by an ascent over 450 steps.

History

Pothgul Vihare in Ratnapura is well renowned for its cave paintings and the statue of the reclining Buddha. Its history dates back to the 1st century BC. An interesting sculpture of a devil with his mouth open and a figure ready to jump in is a representation of the Buddha sacrificing himself in one of his 550 lives. The temple can be reached by ascending over 450 steps.