For almost three decades, this abandoned temple site with its beautiful and serene natural surroundings, has been slowly decaying away into oblivion. The historical and religious significance of the temple site, as well as, the fact that there are no temples in the vicinity, makes it worthwhile to resurrect the temple for the spiritual well-being of the nearby village population. The proposed new Ehi Passikho Buddhist Center will fulfill the needs of the people in the area while providing an ideal location to meditate for city-dwellers within 2-3 km from the city.
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. The soothing scenic environment is a natural meditation retreat. 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 grooves at the 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.