Agrabodhi Viharaya

Aggrabodhi Viharaya in Sri Lanka
The Bodhi Tree at the Aggrabodhi Viharaya

Built in the 3rd Century BC by King Devanampiyatissa, Agrabodhi Viharaya in Weligama is believed to hold the first sapling from the sacred Bodhi tree planted in Anuradhapura.

Although the temple has been renovated by successive kings of Sri Lanka, the temple was eventually plundered by the Portuguese Colonists. Yet, the glory of the golden days remain in the form of a rare eightfold prosperity stone or an ‘Ata-Magala Stone’ portraying the eight signs of prosperity carved on a stone pamphlet. Used as a foundation stone for temples during the early eras of Sri Lankan history, the eightfold prosperity stone found at the temple is one of the most-complete stone pamphlets ever to be found.

Despite its 3 millennia-old history, most of the buildings found at the temple today were built during the Kandyan regime, following the destruction by the Portuguese. The image house is decorated with the murals of the Kandyan era. The Agrabodhi temple is believed to have once included the Kushtarajagala statue in its perimeters but is no longer as vast and majestic as it was centuries ago.