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Muhudu Maha Viharaya

Alongside the Arugambay in Pottuvil is an inconspicuous but ancient temple called Muhudu Maha Viharaya. Many archaeologists believe that this spot, also known as the Samudra Maha Vihara, in fact marks the place at which Princess Devi set foot in the Ruhuna Kingdom.

Muhudu Maha Vihara is near the sea coast east of the Potuvil Town in Panama Divisional Secretariat Division of the Ampare District. A large number of artifacts are buried in the sand dunes generated by the waves. At an elevated site on the sea coast is seen the ruins of a Dagoba. The remains of a pillared structure are found on west of the Dagoba.

As you walk into the temple premises, a range of stone pillars silently stand the test of time, believed to be at least 2,300 years old. Beyond the pillars is an image house, which houses three intricate stone statues. The two figurines with telltale signs of royalty are said to be of Princess Devi and King Kavantissa. They are standing side by side looking towards a statue of a monk. Towards the coast, ruins of a stupa visible from the sand can be seen. However, most remnants have been washed away with time.

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