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    History of the Temple

     



    The original temple site belonged to the Kurunegala Period and was built during the reign of King Walagamba. This beautiful retreat was first inhabited by meditating hermits. Two rock caves with carved off roof edges for protection from rainfall and flowing water, as well as, seven rock pools scattered around to provide drinking water for the hermits are still evident today. According to historical resources, Arahat Maliyadeva has also used the premises at one time, resulting in the name Maliyadeva Arahantha senasanaya. The sakman maluwa (walking meditation compound) used by Maliyadeva Thero can still be seen today. This is an ideal location showing off the concept of "wewai, dagabai, pansalai". The Kolapelalikanda mountain and the longest lake in Kurunegala, Wendaru wewa cradles the temple site from above and below. Although, people belonging to different religions reside around the temple premises, it provides an excellent example of tolerance and respect towards one another in a multicultural and multi-religious society. Therefore, this temple has the potential to be a center for spiritual growth and Dhamma learning for both local and foreign people in the future.