Kotte Raja Maha Viharaya

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The temple is located in Pita Kotte and is formally recognised by the Government of Sri Lanka as an archaeological site. The construction of the temple in the Kingdom of Kotte, when it was the capital, dates back to the reign of King Parakramabahu VI (1412-1467). The ruins of the temple were discovered in 1813 by Ven Pilane Buddha Rakkhitha Nayake Thero and it subsequently regained its stature as a place of worship. Annually, the Kotte Raja Maha Viharaya hosts the Sri Dalada Perahera in memory of and to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of which the Kingdom of Kotte was once the abode.


Venue name: Kotte Raja Maha Viharaya
Address: Pita Kotte
Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte

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Another temple elephant dies in Sri Lanka. Surathala died three days ago at Rajamaha Viharaya Kotte, due to abuse and neglect. This is the fifth elephant since 1994, to die at the temple from abuse and neglect. All five of them had been rented out for hard labor, which contributed to their deaths. Do not support attractions featuring live wild animals. These beautiful creatures should be left in the wild where they belong. It is grotesquely ironic that a country that supposedly reveres elephants subjects them to torture, and by members of a religion!! RIP dear Surathala.

This temple has a history of abusing and neglecting their elephants. Since 1994, five elephants have died from abuse and neglect. Please do not visit this temple.