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Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple


Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple

          Located in the Matale District of Sri Lanka lies the Aluvihare Rock Temple or the Matale Alu Viharaya. It is 30 km away north of the city of Kandy. This Rock temple is believed to be the place where “the Pali canon” the standard collection of scriptures in the Theravada Buddhist tradition, is said to have been written in text on ola leaves.

          It is said that King Devanampiyatissa in the 3rd century planted the Bo Sapling and built the Dagoba which still stands up to today. Alu Viharaya consists of 13 rock caves, these caves are believed to be the results of a landslide. You have to climb a number of stairs to reach the temple; Inside some of the caves, you can also find frescoes.


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          Aluviharaya is declared as an archaeological heritage and protected area.