Nagadeepa viharaya

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Naga Viharaya is one of the famous Buddhist temples in Jaffna.It  is situated in the Stanley road in Jaffna town. Sri Lanka is a popular rendezvous spot of tourists and devotees. Jaffna is a great destination to enjoy and entertain your holidays.

The recorded history of the ancient temple is around 3rd century. At that time the 3 major tribes were living in sri lanka. (Naga, Yaksha, Deva). From that ‘Naga’ tribesmen requested the king to keep the sacred sapling of Jaya Sri maha Bodhi in jaffna for one week. As a result of that King Devanampya tissa agreed.

On the group’s way back to Anuradhapura, ‘Naga’ tribesmen of Jaffna requested the king to keep the Bo tree with them for a one week. Accordingly, the Bo Tree branch had been planted in Jaffna  for a one week before it was finally brought to Anuradhapura.

The Nagadeepa Purana Rajamaha Viharaya is one of the sixteen most sacred places by the Buddhists.As the boat approaches the main jetty the pilgrim will see the distinctive red and white-striped walls of the Hindu temple (Nagapooshani Amman Kovil ).

Less than half a kilometer down the road from the temple is Nagadeepa Vihara marking the place where the Buddha is supposed to have stayed during his visit to the small island.

Although there has been a temple here for many centuries the present one is not old and is of no particular interest. However on either side of the side entrance to the temple there are two very ancient objects. On the left as you enter is a large stone with an inscription of Parakramabahu

Pilgrims have been coming to the Nagadeepa since about the 1st century AC to worship at its famous Rajayathana stupa. There are two temples as well, one containing a bronze Buddha image donated by the Burmese government in 1956. Nothing at Nagadeepa is of any aesthetic or historical interest, everything having been built in the 1950’s.

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