Buduruwagala, Monaragala


Buduruwagala
Buduruwagala

Buduruwagala is a prominent Buddhist heritage site, located few km away from Wellawaya town in Monaragala district. This temple is unique because of its seven rock carved out sculptures belonging to Mahayana Buddhist tradition.

Buduruwagala Buddha Image
Buddha sculpture in Buduruwagala

Sri Lanka is largely considered as place for Therarawada Buddhism tradition. All most all the historical temples in Sri Lanka belonging to Therawada tradition. But there are few exceptions, which are belonging to Mahayana legacy. Buduruwagala is one of them.

Buduruwagala Buddha Image
Buddha sculpture in Buduruwagala

Worshiping for "Bodhi Sathva" figures is one of the key concept seen in Mahayana Buddhism. There are several such statues can be find in Buduruwagala site.

Buduruwagala statues are believed to be belonging to 10th century. The main Buddha statue at the middle is considered as a statue of "Deepankara Buddha". This statue is 51 feet high. Still you can see some remaining of shaded colors on these sculptures. So that proved that these statues are brightly colored in historical days.

Statues of Manju Sri Bodhisattva, Maitreya Bodhisattva & Vajrapani Bodhisathtva
From left: Manju Sri Bodhisattva, Maitreya Bodhisattva & Vajrapani Bodhisathtva

On your right side, you can see three caved statues. Those believed to belongs to Manju Sri Bodhisattva, Maitreya Bodhisattva and Vajrapani Bodhisathtva.

Statues of Sudhana Kumara, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva and Tara
From left: Sudhana Kumara, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva & Tara

The left side statues represents Sudhana Kumara, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva & Tara. The Avalokitevara statue is plastered while color and can be easily recognize.

Buduruwagala Tank
Buduruwagala Tank

The sub road to Buduruwagala from the main road has so many beautiful dry zone countryside attractions. You will be passing a tanks, jungles and there are some ruins also on this way.

Buduruwagala
Another old Stupa seen on the way to to Buduruwagala

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