Muhudu Maha Vihara, Arugam Bay

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Muhudu Maha Vihara is a Buddhist temple situated at Pottuvil in Ampara District, Eastern province of Sri Lanka. This temple which is situated near a wide beach, has been built over 2000 years ago by King Kavan Tissa of Ruhuna. Currently the ruins and remains of ancient stupas, Seema Malaka, Avasa Geya and statues can be seen at the site. Important ruins at the temple premises include stone statues of lord Buddha and two statues of old kings or gods.This viharaya marks the landing place of Viharamahadevi, daughter of Kelani Tissa, who was destined to become the queen of King Kavan Tissa of the Rohana kingdom. According to the ancient chronicle Rajavaliya, it is stated that in the second century BC after Kelaniya was submerged by the sea due to a natural disaster, Devi the daughter of King of Kelaniya was cast to sea in a Golden Vessel to appease the gods, and washed ashore near the Muhudu Maha Vihara in Pottuwil. Later she became the main consort of king Kavan Tissa of Ruhuna Kingdom, under the name Viharamahadevi.
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  • The road leading to the temple along the beach is beautiful. In the evenings one can see the fishermen pulling their nets. The temple has beautiful statues leading the way to the pagoda. The... 
    The road leading to the temple along the beach is beautiful. In the evenings one can see the fishermen pulling their nets. The temple has beautiful statues leading the way to the pagoda. The...  more »
  • This temple has a long history and its surroundings are beautiful and bring a spectacular view of the beach and the surrounding sand dunes.❤ 
    This temple has a long history and its surroundings are beautiful and bring a spectacular view of the beach and the surrounding sand dunes.❤  more »
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  • Historically valuable Buddhist Temple in the Eastern province. A calm and quite place to visit.
  • A historically and religiously valuable place that has hidden from the town. Naturally beautiful place. There is a temple that is built to commemorate the princess Vihara maha devi.

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