Delgamuwa Rajamaha Viharaya

Delgamuwa Rajamaha Viharaya is a important place of worship for all Buddhists of Sri Lanka as the sacred tooth relic of Buddha was protected inside this temple from the Portuguese for over 40 years. The ancient Kurahan grinding stone in which the holy tooth relic was hidden safely can be seen in this Delgamuwa temple even today.

The King Dharmapala of Kotte who is well known for his incompetency embraced Catholicism in 1557 to safeguard his throne. Dharmapala became a pupet king and the portuguse got complete control of the Kingdom through Dharmapala. Realising the danger to the Tooth Relic by the Diyawadana Nilame, Hiripitiye Divana Rala, the custodian of the Tooth Relic swam the Diyawanna Oya (river) and took the relic from Kotte to king Mayadunne of Sitawaka (now Avissawella) for safe keeping.

The written history of Delgamuwa Vihara goes back to the time period of Sitawaka kingdom. During the past this temple was known as Saparagamu Vihara and Labujagama Viharaya as well.

With the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505 and the death of the King Bhuwanakabahu VII of Kotte Kingdom, a political turmoil was caused in the country. This was intensified with the embracement of Catholicism by succeeded King Don Juan Dharmapala. This incidence led the then Diyawadana Nilame Hiripitiye Divana Rala, who was the custodian of the tooth relic, to move the relic from Kotte Kingdom to King Mayadunne of Sitawaka (now Avissawella) for safe keeping in 1549.[4] With the guidance of king Mayadunne the tooth relic was brought to Delgamuwa Vihara for further safekeeping, and kept it in a Kurahan (Eleusine coracana) grinding stone at the Vihara premises.

Project Details

  • Location : Delgamuwa Raja Maha Viharaya
  • Address : Kuruwita
  • Distance : 9.9 Km From Hotel