This viharaya is situated in on a hillock against an overhanging cliff and a large cave with Brahmi inscriptions indicating the donation of caves to monks. It is thus clear that this place existed as a dwelling place for the monks in the early centuries of the Christian era and was converted into a cave temple with a recumbent Buddha image in it. Inscribed on the bottom of the statue is the date 2370 of the Buddhist era or 1866AD which falls in the reign of Kirti Sri Rajasimha. The Viharaya is also in possession of the Pirit nula and pirit pota supposed to have been offered to the temple by, Kirti Sri Rajasimha.
කටාරංගල රජමහා විහාරය Katarangala Rajamaha Viharaya., George E. de Silva Mawatha, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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