Yatala Wehera

Yatala Wehera is located by the Hambanthota - Katharagama road, in-between Debarawewa and Thissamaharamaya.

Yatala Viharaya
Yatala Stupa

Yatala Wehera was built by king Mahanaga nearly 2300 years ago. King Mahanaga was regional king in Ruhunu kingdom and brother of king Devanmpiyathissa, who ruled in Anuradhapura. This temple was built to commemorate the birth of his son, prince Yatala.

Yatala Viharaya elephant wall
Yatala Stupa elephant wall

Yatala Viharaya
Yatala Stupa

There are several shapes of dagaba can be found in Sri Lanka. Yatala Wehera is a “Bubbulakara” ( bubble shape) Dagaba. This pagoda is surrounded by elephant wall and a lotus pond. The bubble shape and the elephant wall add some uniqueness to this stupa. You have to cross a small metal bridge over the lotus pond to reach the Dagaba.

Yatala Viharaya
Yatala Stupa

Avalokeshwara  Bodhisathwa  Statue -Yatala Stupa
Avalokeshwara Bodhisathwa Statue -Yatala Stupa

A statue of Avalokeshwara Bodhi sathwa and a standing Buddha statue are among the remaining artifacts in this site.

Remaining Buddha Statues -Yatala Stupa
Remaining Buddha Statues -Yatala Stupa

Yatala Wehera Museum
Yatala Wehera Museum

There is a small museum located by the side of the Pagoda. You can see various ancient statuses over there.

Yatala Stupa

Yatala Wehera also known as "Mani Chethiya" or "tooth relic shrine" in some of the historical records. This Dagaba was renovated some time ago and few opening were kept, in where you can see the how it was prior to the renovation and various layers of renovations.

Yatala Temple Area Map
       

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