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Education program on Archeology launched

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By ITN News Editor September 9, 2018 19:11

Education program on Archeology launched

A program has been launched to educate the public on places of archeological value. Accordingly officials of the Archeological Department and Journalists toured Pothuwil Muhudu Maha Viharaya and Rajagala Historic Temple.The Pothuwil Muhudu Maha Viharaya which is situated in the Eastern Province has a history of more than 1,000 years. The history has recorded the King Mahanama had built the temple to remember King Kawantissa and Princess Devi. A new Sthupa has been built in 2010 in the area. The temple had 264 acres during the times of Kings. It has been limited to 30 acres by a gazette issued in 1965. Rajagala archeological land on Ampara – Maha Oya road is implemented as a joint conservation project of the Archeological Department and Sri Jayawardanapura University. There are many artifacts at the Rajagala Archeological land which is about 1,000 acres. It has many caves, Stupas, Stone inscriptions and ponds. About 50 stone inscriptions state that the caves were offered to the Bhikkus. Among the stone inscriptions are writings about kings Khutakanna Tissa, Bhathika Tissa, Mahasen and the second Mahinda. The place which is identified at present as Rajagala, had been identified in the history as Girikumhala. The Mahawansa says that this historic temple complex has been launched under the patronage of prince Lajjatissa.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor September 9, 2018 19:11