Muhudu Maha Viharaya, Pottuvil

Built nearly 2000 years ago to celebrate the landing of Queen Vihara Maha Devi, the wife of King Kawantissa, the ruler of Rohana and the mother of King Dutugamunu, and the hero of Mahavansa Chronicle, Muhudu Maha Viharaya, the Temple by the Sea, is just a stones throw away from the town of Pothuvil. 

Although the archeological evidence holds the temple to have been built in the fifth century AD by King Mahanama, the legend holds that the temple, also known as the Samudra Maha Vihara, is to be the placed where the storm tossed Princess Devi within the Ruhuna Kingdom. According to a stone inscription that was found in the vicinity of the shrine, it had also been called the Ruhunu Maha Viharaya in the days gone by.

The great stretch of beach behind the temple is yet to be excavated and is believe to hold many hidden artifacts swept under the sands of times.

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Latitude: 6.867853 Longitude: 81.838915 Elevation: 15 ft
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Time Period Represented

5th century AD

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Accessibility Notes

Located in Pottuvil. Drive along Pottuvil - Panamamain road and take your left turn at the 2nd lane pass by Potuvil Junction Clock Tower. Approximately 1.4 km from Pottuvil.  

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