Kadurugoda Temple

Kadurugoda Temple
Kadurugoda Temple

Kadurugoda Temple is located in Chunnakam ( Hunugama) in Jaffna district. The main religious attraction in this place is 60 stupa ( dageba) and there are some other Buddhist ruins also. These stupas are build in various sizes. Its is believed that those stupas were constructed from the "Dathu"( remianings) of 60 arahath monks who lived in "Punkuduthiv" area.

Kudurugoda Temple Entrance
Kudurugoda Temple Entrance

It is beleved that Load Buddha visited to this site and stayed some time during his second visit to Sri Lanka.

Kadurugoda Temple
History of the Kudurugoda Temple

According to the reports, the archaeological importance of this site was first identified by a former district judge of Jaffna, Mr. Paul E Pieris in 1917. During the archaeological excavations done in 1917-1919, some Buddha statues, colored tiles, coins found from this site. Those were belonging to Anuradapura and Polonnaruwa period.

Kadurugoda Temple
History of the Kudurugoda Temple

Portuguese mentioned this place as "Kandarakuddei" on their documents. According to a old inscriptions (call "Aththane Tam Lipiya") found in this site, the King Kashyapa (iv) did a donation to this place in 9th century.

Kadurugoda Temple
Kudurugoda Temple

Kadurugoda Temple was destroyed in 16th century during the time of king "Sangili" who rule Jaffna.

Kadurugoda Temple
Kudurugoda Temple

According to the information provided in the site, in 1948, Kadurugoda temple extends in a area of 7 acres of land, but today only less than 3 acres remaining. Or even less. This is due to illegal occupancy by village people.

Kadurugoda Temple
Kudurugoda Temple

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