Lenawara Raja Maha Viharaya

Lenawara Rajamaha Viharaya
Lenawara Rajamaha Viharaya

Lenawara Rajamaha Viharaya is one of the historical temple located close to Bandaragama town. According to the information provided, this temple belongs to the Polonnaruwa kingdom time. Lenawara temple can be easily accessed from Bandaragama- Horana main road.

Lenawara Rajamaha Viharaya
Lenawara Rajamaha Viharaya entrance

Lenawara temple is located by a rocky hill, and different sections of it located in different levels of the hill. So you need to climbup to reach them.
Once you enter to the temple, you can see the aramya (awasa geya) where the monks resides. Dhamam Shala (preaching hall) located few steps above the base level.

Lenawara Rajamaha Viharaya Awasaya
Lenawara Rajamaha Viharaya Awasaya

Lenawara Rajamaha Viharaya Awasaya
Lenawara Rajamaha Viharaya Awasaya

Then have to climb some steep stairs up, to reach the Boo tree and the Vihara geya ( Shrine room).

Lenawara Rajamaha Viharaya Shrine room
Lenawara Rajamaha Viharaya Shrine room

Vihara geya is located on the middle level of the rock bed. Since the Boo tree is planted on a rock, it has limited space for its roots assembly. So you can see roots are running down over the rock bed up to the base level, where it can find more earth with water and nutarians.

Lenawara Rajamaha Viharaya Boo Tree
Boo tree

Lenawara Rajamaha Viharaya Awasaya
Roots are running down over the rock bed

The Shrine room was closed at the time of our visit. Temple bell tower also in this level and there are several ponds arounds.

Lenawara Rajamaha Viharaya bell tower
Temple bell tower

The temple Pagoda is located in the top most level and you need to climb up again to reach there.

Visitors can get a good panoramic view of the surrounding Bandaragama area from the there. Since there are some steep stairs, elder or weak persons may find it difficult to climb. Same time you need to have an extra care about your kids, since there are steep falls. Best time to visit is in the evening, to avoid heat of sun.

Lenawara Rajamaha Viharaya Dagoba
Lenawara Rajamaha Viharaya Pagoda

There are several caves (len) are located around the rock. According to historical records, during the kings time, one Indian Brahmin person lived there. He used treat persons, who are suffering from Catarrh (means Peenasa in Singhala language). The cave he lived is call "Bharahmana lena.

Directions to Lenevara Temple

From Pandura - Horana road take the Aguluwathota road from the Raigama junction. If you are coming via Colombo- Mathara highway, take exit from Gelanigama ( Bandaragama/ Pandura) and drive toward Horana. Aguluwathotha road is in your right hand side.

You need to travel few km in Aguluwathota road, passing cascading paddy fields, waterways and small bridges. Road is not that much wider at some points, but in good condition. Name board to Lenavara temple can be seen clearly on your left-hand side, just next to a small by-lane. Lenawara temple is just few meters away on that by road. You can park your vehicles in land opposite to the temple.

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