Mulkirigala temple

Mulkirigala consists of a series of rock temples carved out of rock outcrop in the 2nd Century B.C. Mulkirigala Viharaya is a Buddhist temple complex that ascends and crowns the rock. It is a temple of great antiquity with fine murals. In one of these rock temples, the British colonial administrator, George Turner, discovered an ancient manuscript, Mahavamsa the great chronicle, in 1826.

Mulkirigala is an imposing rock structure with remarkable cave temples, located 21km north from the town of Tangalle in the district of Hambantota. The ancient rock steps lead the visitors through a series of natural caves, with unique wall paintings & Buddha statues, and on to the summit. This enormous boulder, known as ‘little Sigiriya”, rises perpendicularly approximately 200 metres out of the surrounding palm forest.

The various cave temples contain fine murals of historical importance, which have been created during different periods of Sri Lankan history. In some of the most recent murals, white men in Portuguese and Dutch uniforms can be seen, signifying the advent of the European colonization of Sri Lanka.The Mulkirigala caves have a mixture of religious and secular paintings and sculptures with several reclining Buddhas, including the 15 metre long sculptures of the dying Buddha.  Mulkirigala contains many beautiful wall paintings based on Jataka stories of Wessanthra and Telepaththa.

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