Kurunegala- Padeniya Buddhist Temple

The original Temple at the site may dates to 3rd C.B.C. and according to legend Theraputhathbhya, a Paladin of Dutugemunu (161 – 137 B.C.) had become a Buddhist monk and lived here. Most of the present monuments date to the early Kandy period.This Temple has wooden pillars in the shrine room with woodcarvings of wrestlers, animals, female figures and various other designs similar to Embekke Devala. The unique feature here is the raised plinth, filled with sand leveled for writing the letters of the script for teaching the students. Four large octagonal stone pillars from 04 ancient dagobas are found at the site.

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