Badulla Rd, Badulla.
|Cave Church Tectonic Cave
|Incandescent Electric Light System
|Dowa Rajamaha Viharaya දෝව රජමහා විහාරය, A16, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka, Tel: +94-572-228-630.
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|declared a protected Archaeological Monument.
දෝව රජ මහා විහාරය (Dowa Rajamaha Viharaya, Dowa Rock Temple) was built by King Valagamba in the first century BC. He took refuge from south Indian invaders in this area, and lived in numerous caves. After he fought and defeated the invaders, he built numerous cave temples. The huge granite boulders have shelters and cracks which were closed by walls. Highlight of the temple is a 12 m high unfinished Buddha image, which is carved into the vertical granite rockface.
This site is one of the numerous entrances to the legendary vast artificial tunnel system which once connected all the temples. The tunnel 11 km long tunnekl connects this temple with the Ravana Maha Viharaya at Ella and the Bogoda Raja Maha viharaya. Not of those tunnels is accessible, and here it was cemented off due to the evil acts of treasure hunters. Actually this is a fantasy story, but one which is cemented in the beliefs of the locals.