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Religious Places

Temple of Tooth (Dalada Maligawa)
The Temple of Tooth houses the most important part of Buddha relics, the sacred tooth of the Lord of Buddha. The tooth was said to be taken from the flames of Buddha's funeral pyre in 543 BC and was smuggled into the island during the 4th century AD, hidden in the hair of princess. The tooth was moved from place to place, up and down Sri Lanka from Anuradhapura, the first place, eventually to Kandy.

The Temple of Tooth started constructing in 1687 and finished in 1782. It is an imposing pink-painted structure, surrounded by a deep moat. The octagonal tower inside the moat was built to house the important collection of Ola (palm-leaf) manuscripts however this section was heavily damaged by the 1998 bomb blast. Person wearing shorts is not allowed to enter in this temple and shoes must be removed before entering.

Maligawila & Dambegoda
About 15 km to the south of Monaragala, Maligawila is where two colossal Buddha statues stand. One of them is the 11m-high ancient Buddha statue dates back to the 7th century AD that is considered to be the world's largest free standing Buddha figure. Both of them are carved from crystalline limestone. In close proximity (about 1 km away) at Dambegoda is another 10m-high statue, Avalokitheswara Bodhisattva (a divine being who chooses to reside on the human plane to help ordinary people attain salvation).

Buduruwagala
With its meaning of 'Buddha image', Buduruwagala was named after rock-cut Buddha statues carved on a cliff located in the area. This 7-statue complex, which is of the Mahayana Buddha School, comprises of the huge standing Buddha figures traced back to 8th - 10th centuries AD. The central of three figures to Buddha's right is thought to be the Buddhist mythological figure, the Avalokitheswara Bodhisattva.

Dowa Cave Temple
Located proximity to the highway 24 km away from Badulla, the Dowa Cave Temple, near an old wooden bridge, attracts visitors with its ornamental gateway. The cave is situated by a stream at the bottom of a hill. It has a 4m Buddha image sculptured into a rock and some interesting paintings.

Muthiyangana
A shrine built, to enshrine the jaw-bone of the Lord Buddha, in the 4th Century AD at a site personally blessed by the Lord Buddha during one of his three visits to Sri Lanka, and hence is one of the sixteen most venerated places for Buddhists in Sri Lanka.

Bogoda Bridge and the Temple
The only Kandyan-period roofed wooden bridge built during the 16th century, constructed gracefully over the Gallanda Oya, is elegantly supported by 11 pairs of elegantly carved pillars and a railing of banisters.

The proposed location is at Bogoda Raja Maha Vihara. The total distance to the site from Badulla is about 14 miles. Access to the site along Badulla - Bandarawela high way turn off to right to Ketawala and then turn to left to Jangulla and proceed to Bogoda Bridge.

 

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