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Sithulpawwa rock temple has a spectacular setting. There are two temples perched high atop hard volcanic rock outcrops. Maha Sithulpauwa rock is 400 feet in height. The stupa is located on top of the rock and is reached by a not easy to steep climb, aided by steps cut into the rock. The stupa is believed to have been built by king Kawantissa.

The name Sithulpauwa is derived from the word 'Chittala pabbatha' which means the hill of the quiet mind. The temple was a place of worship for devotees as well as a centre of Buddhist scholarship. It is believed that in very old times this rock temple once housed a total of 12,000 Arahaths or monks who achieved the highest mind level in Buddhism. The life that the Arahaths lived in Sithulpawwa was a hard one, with silence and solitude. The rock temple is famous for its early Brahmi script, ruins of the preaching house and the fragments of paintings that can be viewed at the image house.

Inside Situlpawwa are a number of Gal len (Rock Caves), Stupa (Pagodas), Poya geval (Chapter Houses), Bodhigara, Pilimageval and ponds.

The caves inside have been built to make it appropriate for the monks to live. In addition to the main stupa, a number of small stupas are found inside Situlpawwa rock temple. The main cave temple wall consists of paintings belonging to Anuradhapura period and this is a significant feature as not many paintings belonging to this period have been found.


 

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