Sri Lanka is a beautiful little island which has a collection of incredible Buddhist temples. The country’s culture has also been significantly shaped by the influence of Buddhism throughout the centuries. Buddha himself is said to have visited the small island 3 times!
In the charming city of Badulla in the Uva Province of Sri Lanka lies the majestic Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya, which is one of the most venerated sites of worship in the country. Lord Buddha on his third visit to Sri Lanka arrived with 500 arhats. He arrived upon the invitation of Naga King Maniakkhitha. During his visit he also visited Badulla, upon the invitation of King Indaka, who is now a venerated deity in the region. King Indaka was the ruler of the Namunukula Mountain Range.
Importance of Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya
The great king built the Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya on the spot where Lord Buddha preached. He enshrined a few strands of Buddha’s hair. As well as Mukthaka Dathu, which are drops of sweat of Buddha which turned in to pearls. The original stupa is believed to have been enlarged by King Devanampiyatissa of Anuradhapura Era.
Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya has some beautiful carvings and figures of a number of different animals. There are also some incredible statues of Buddha in the temple. A statue of the deity Indaka, who is known to be the protector of the Muthiyangana Holy Ground as well as the Namunukuma Mountain Range is also to be found within the temple.
The beautiful old temple was renovated and refurbished by the kings who ruled in the island throughout the centuries. You can visit this site with great ease as you are traveling in the island with Green Holiday Centre. Your tour will surely be quite remarkable if you take time to learn as much as you can about the places that you are planning to visit.