A fascinating construction notable for its adorned interiors with paintings of religious importance, the Mulkirigala Rock Temple also houses significant Buddhist artefacts.
The History of the Rock Temple
Known as “Samudda Pabbatha”, “Gir Vehera” or “Muhunadra Giri” through the course of history, the Mulkirigala Rock Temple rises about 676 feet from the ground level. While it is considered one of 64 temples that were built during the reign of King Kawantissa, this sacred site is recorded to have been subsequently renovated and expanded by many other kings.
Reaching the Mulkirigala Rock Temple
Named as “Adam’s Berg” by the Dutch during the 18th century, the rock temple is found in the Hambanthota District of Southern Sri Lanka. The temple is about 2 kilometres from the Mulkirigala junction, along the Weeraketiya-Beliatta main road. Those based in south coast hotels or resorts such as Ranna House by FOX Resorts can consider visiting the temple on a quick day-trip.
Rock Temple Layout
The temple site has been divided into seven “viharas” that are built within five separate compounds. Among the many things to do in Tangalle, climbing the rock temple to view its ornate interiors is a spectacular experience.
The quaint temple premises are strewn with several caves and houses of worship that are decorated with an extensive collection of sculptures and paintings that resemble the techniques of the Kandyan Era. Apart from the murals, the grounds comprise tombs, a monastery, an image of a reclining Buddha and a small pagoda.
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