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Published: April 6th 2009
The chief incumbent of the Viharaya Ven. Kataragama Siriratana Thera is not happy at all. However he was pleased to welcome us with a big smile with a set of bettle nut stained teeth. We did not plan to visit this place beforehand, then a boy we met at the restaurant told us about the place hidden almost in the sand.
We drove along many little alleyways and front of some gardens through the Muslim settlement. It was very obvious for us to notice the unpleasant gesture from the locals while we were driving towards the ruins. The local tourist authorities here in Eastern Province have given very little notice and almost zero encouragement for anyone who would like to visit this place.
Most of them were still talking about Tsunami and there were signs of Tsunami devastation everywhere. A cluster of NGO's and their presence all over this area.
Anyway back to our visit, this historical site is on the seashore, the place famously called for Pottuvil Point. Much of the remains at the site appear to be covered by sea sand or site is under threat from illegal settlement by Muslim community (This what were told
by the Buddhist monk at the site).
At an elevated site is a ruined dagoba. West of the dagoba are the remains of a pillared structure. There is a torso of a standing Buddha statue. To the south is an image house and a pond. East of the dagoba are seen stumps of pillars and brick walls. It is believed that buried under a thick layer of sand are other remains of ancient structures.
This great Buddhist temple near the sea dated back to the 2nd century B.C. and has ruins and many sculptures from that era. It is stated in the ancient chronicle the "Rajavaliya" that in the second century BC after Kelaniya was submerged by the sea (Tsunami), Devi daughter of King was cast to sea in a Golden Vessel to appease the gods, and washed ashore near a Vihara to became queen to king Kavan Tissa under the name Viharamahadevi.
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