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Image of the Week : Magul Maha Viharaya, Yala

Image of the Week : Magul Maha Viharaya, Yala



Tharindu Amunugama

Magul Maha Viharaya 


This is the Magul Maha Vihara in Yala on the way to Situlpawwa*. The other is in Lahugala.

The legend has it that Viharamahadevi landed in Arugam bay,near Muhudu Maha Vihara in Pottuvil. This temple is still functioning with vestiges from the past to show. Arugam bay is derived from ‘ara gama’ i.e when King Kavan Tissa got to know about the princess,he had come looking for her,inquiring where she had landed and villagers have shown the way saying ‘ara gama’.

Then the King married Devi at Magul Maha Vihara in Lahugala, Pottuvil. You can still see the remains of a stone structure at that magul maha vihara,which was the base of what could be considered an ancient ‘poruwa’. The moonstone is unique too.

The newly weds had then embarked on the journey towards main area/king’s dwellings in the kingdom of Magama. They enjoyed a brief sojourn at Magul Maha Vihara in Yala whilst on this journey .This Magul Maha Vihara can be reached when you take the current road to Situlpawwa,located in Yala block 1.It is this Magul Maha Vihara that I captured and is featured here in iSrilankan.  Legend says the newly-weds consummated their marriage at this Magul Maha Vihara;hence the importance of the place 😉


Tharindu Amunugama is into investment banking and loves to trail off the beaten tracks of  Sri Lanka with a camera and bare necessities. He loves to keep things simple and spontaneous and spends time engaging with the communities and people he meets on his travels.

This seek-a-story-you-shall-find approach is a great way of capturing the story images of our peoples while respectfully sharing with awareness the discovery and insight  into ways of humanity that are not blogging their days away.




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