Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya

Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya

Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya
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Chris U
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
It is a fair way out of Jaffna but it is worth going to given its history. You won't find any westerners out here as it is not a comfortable a/c trip. If you take the public ferry to the island please try to avoid going underneath in the hull as there is no way you are getting out alive if the ferry starts to take on water. I think they just stopped counting when they reached the capacity limit. I reckon we had about 10 times the recommended passengers on board.
Once there, the Buddhist and Hindu temple are quite impressive and well maintained.
You will need at least half a day to get there and back to Jaffna.
Written March 30, 2022
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shefaashar
Mawanella, Sri Lanka49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Family
Its really a beautiful place. That temple is surrounded with sea. We can take many beautiful photographs. Its little far away from jaffna. We have to visit the temple through boat. It will be a very good chance to travel in boat to see the temple.
Written May 22, 2019
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Dr. Dharshana Weerakoon
Gampaha, Sri Lanka529 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Family
This is a must visit place. The Nagadeepa Purana Rajamaha Viharaya is one of the sixteen most sacred places of worship by the Buddhists in Sri Lanka. Pilgrims have been coming to the Nagadeepa since about the 1st century AC to worship at its famous Rajayathana stupa. The Rajayathana stupa was constructed by two warring Naga kings, Chulodara and Mahodara, at the site where Lord Buddha during His second visit to the country on a Bak Maha Amawaka Poya Day, five years after attaining Enlightenment, intervened and mediated in settling a dispute over the possession of a gem-studded throne. The precious throne was offered to the lord Buddha, was returned to the Naga Kings and was later enshrined in this Rajayathana stupa.

History records that the Nagadeepa Purana Rajamaha Vharaya was developed and reconstructed by pious kings, Devanampiyatissa, Dutugemunu and converted into a fully accomplished sacred place. During the period of Portuguese, Dutch and British all the Buddhist religious places were destroyed and the Nagadeepa Viharaya too has been subjected to it and Buddhists were deprived of worshiping these religious places.

In the year 1931 Ven. Randombe Somatissa Nayake Thero from Ambalangoda has visited this place and observed the ruins of the Rajayathana stupa and the Kiripalu Nuga tree and identified as the stupa constructed with the gem studded throne on which Lord Buddha has preached, and Thero then reconstructed this stupa with the support of donors to enabling Buddhists for their religious observances.

Praveenacharya Damma Kiththi Sri Venerable Navadagala Paduma Kiththi Tissa Thero the Chief Sanganayake of the Northern Province is the present chief Incumbent of Nagadeepa Purana Raja Maha Viharaya and he is a pupil of former chief Incumbent Rajakeeya Panditha the Late Most Venerable Brahmmana Watte Damma Kiththi Tissa Nayake Thero of Amarapura Nikaya.

The Nagadeepa Purana Rajamaha Viharaya is a shining example of inter racial harmony in Sri lanka and this had been improved at various stages and ever since it has become the most sanctified place of worship by the devotees.
Written November 25, 2016
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JFK777
Colombo, Sri Lanka954 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
A good excursion and a not too enjoyable boat ride.
Not impressed by what I saw.In fact nothing much see after such a long trip.
Too many additons making the small place crowded.
Too commercialised.
Over-rated.
One trip is sufficient .
Nothing to gain from a second trip
Will not go again.
Written August 7, 2023
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jaywithanage
new west, bc71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
Although very sacred place for Buddhists tourists may find nothing special and they pay to enter a temple!! I have visited in 2009 and 2012, still the road going to boat terminal is the worst road in Sri Lanka!! Two governments came no one paved this major road. Politicians never travel by road, only in helicopters!! Only a little section up to Kayta are paved. Boats are very dangerous and people are put inside like chicken in a cage!! Sri lankan PM and President and other politicians must travel by road and see the situation.
Written March 17, 2019
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Udarahema
Colombo, Sri Lanka196 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
Have to travel by boat to reach this island, 45 mint boat ride for one way. Have to go in the morning hours, evening sea in rough, Historical place with a story.
Written December 2, 2017
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Asoka Edussooriya
Panadura, Sri Lanka117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Family
Travellers have to go to Jaffna and get a public transportation or private vehicle to go to Nagadeepa. It is 1 1/2 hours travel from Jaffna to Naagadeepa temple. My advice to go there early morning as possible to avoid the difficulty to go there because travellers have to go by 5 minutes by boat to reach to the temple.(Temple is a small separate Island).
Sri Lankan Navy is providing boat service and travellers have to pre-booked 1 week prior to the trip or else travellers can hire a private boat which is cost around 150USD (2000 LKR) per one direction. Not recommending public transportation which will only cost around 1 USD but safety is minus. Worth spending money to go there.
Written November 6, 2017
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BhaarathPhotography
Chennai (Madras), India259 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Family
My most beautiful and peaceful place to visit in jaffana, Srilanka. Really everyone should visit this location.
Written March 30, 2018
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Honest_Critic
London, UK236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Friends
a mst see place for buddhists. you can go by land transport up to the ferry point and after there can be nightmare if there is a queue. queues are more likely during weekends and bank holidays. if so , suggest a private boat hire for LKR 2000 each way. the viharaya is nice - dont forget to read about its history.
Written December 25, 2017
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peterh125
Rugeley, UK971 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
Take the ferry for 25 LKR to visit Buddhist and Hindu temples on the island of Nainativu. Entrance "donation" fee for foreigners to enter the temple is 500 LKR. On my weekday visit the place was very tranquil making for a pleasant visit
Written October 8, 2017
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