The Temple

Sri Shasanalankara Maha Vihara of Assadduma, Kuliyapitiya in the District of Kurunegala, in the North-Western Province of Sri Lanka, is a place of Buddhist worship situated in the heart of the Kuliyapitiya Town.

It is the main centre of Buddhist activity and it us venerated by the people living in a thickly populated area in and around the town. The sphere of activites of the Vihara extends beyond the urban limits of the Kuliyapitiya town. There is a network of other Viharas, Eductaional Institutions and social organizations scattered in the villages around the town.


The Chief Incumbent

Sri Shasanalankara Maha Viharaya is one of the oldest Buddist temples in located in Kuliyapitiya, Sri Lanka, started by Venerable Kattamurichchane Siri Subarathi Thera in the early 20th Century.

After the Venerable Kattamurichchane Siri Subarathi Thera, Venerable Prof. Kabalawe Piyabharathi Thera took on the administration of the temple. The next chief incumbent was the Ven. Pallekagama Rathanabharathi, who worked to make the Sri Shasanalankara Maha Viharaya what it is today.

Perahara Procession

Duruthu Perahera of Sri Shasanalankara Maha Viharaya was born in 1994 with only a few traditional artistes who could be assembled. The procession then marched its way steadily to popularity, and is today the most important cultural pageant in North Western Province, with many foreign visitors.

The Perahera did a lot of good to a city feverish with unrest and conflict. It is a fascinating show replete with whip crackers, fire dancers, flag bearers, hundreds of beautifully caparisoned elephants, traditional Uda Rata, Pahatha Rata and Sabaragamuwa dancers, drummers and flutists.

Social Services

The social activities of the Maha Vihara are many and varied. Among them prominance is given to the management of two homes for the aged, one for males and the other for females.

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Sri Shasanalankara Maha Viharaya, Assadduma, Kuliyapitiya