Situated in Hunugama or Chunnakkam in Jaffna Peninsula, the Kadurugoda Temple is believed to be a part of an ancient large Buddhist Monastery and is held by some to be a site grace by Lord Buddha on his visit to SriLanka
First identified, excavated and recorded by Paul E Pieris in 1917 the temple site with ruins of sixty stupa believed to be containing the remaining of sixty arhants, whohave have been based at Pukuduthivu then known as Pulangu-Divaina and havepassed away of food poisoning.The earliest excavation had unearthed coins, beads, Buddha statues and coloured tiles of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa era.
The sixty stupa are of 12 feet height and 12 feet circumference and are made of lime based material. Many a boundaries scattered around the area hints of wooden structures with lime base while ruins of castle had also been found within the monastery boundaries.
The pillar inscription found at the temple speaks of a history lesser known detailing a village donation from the Jaffna peninsula to the temple of Abhayagiriya. The officer responsible had been named as a minister KilingBosath, incidentally a decedent of Kalingus, who arrived in Sri Lanka with
ArhantSangamitta. Based on the inscriptions the archeologists believe the monastery to have been under the control of Abhayagiri in Anuradhapura.
According to archeologists the templehad been a flourishing Buddhist monastery during the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa eras under the sponsorship of Kings Parakramabahu the First, Nissankamalla, Buwenakabahu, Kashyapa and Queen Leelawathiand had been destroyed by the provincial king of Jaffna peninsula, Sankili the second.
The temple was never revived and was discovered by archeologists yet continued to be under a spell of destruction and is still under the threats of encroachment
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