When it comes to tradition, holiness, scenic appeal, the South of Sri Lanka truly is a treasure-trove of wonders. It is adorned by tiny little coastal towns each boasting its own set of attractions. Although it is most commonly known for its beautiful beaches of golden sands and roaring waves, there is so much more to this beautiful section of the island. Every day it is not just the holidaymakers that arrive in this part of the island, for the spiritual sanctity of this location attracts devotees as well. Exploring the many temples from this region is just as fascinating as basking in the scenic wonders that this part of the island is so famously known for.
There are so many important temples located in this region and most of them have a strong spiritual significance. The ancient ones in particular have the added advantage of history and age old architecture which in itself is something to admire. The Sapugoda Sri Maha Viharaya is one such temple located in the tiny town of Beruwala in Sri Lanka. Constructed during the time of King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe of Kandy, this temple boasts of a beautiful historic structure and a glimpse of the Kandyan Kingdom portrayed in its many paintings. The temple was constructed by the revered Sapugoda Anandha Thero who was inspired by the Massalgoda area in Beruwala and decided to make a place of worship there. Hence the temple earned the name Sapugoda Viharaya after the Thero who brought this temple to life. There is a beautiful image house adorned with ancient paintings that can be experienced when touring the premises. The Kingdom of Kandy is further illustrated here at the Makara Thorana that contains the state symbol, the crown and 2 figures of the lion. The old Vahalkada, the dilapidated Cabook Wall and the Kandyan architecture are all features that must not be missed out on during one’s time in the temple.
Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.