Hatthikuchchi Viharaya

Hatthikuchchi Viharaya, Mahagalkadawala

Hatthikuchchi Viharaya
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Naty.travel👸🏼
모스크바, 러시아포스팅 69,149건
Hatthikuchchi Viharaya
2020년 2월 • 커플
Место известно благодаря легендам про местного короля. На сегодняшний день это руины, ничего примечательного.
2021년 1월 24일 작성
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RoshanAnupriya
콜롬보, 스리랑카포스팅 122건
My Travel destination around the Sri Lanka
2017년 12월
Located in the picturesque landscape covering 300 acres, Hatthikuchchi Aramic complex ( also referred as Hatthikucchi, Hastikuchchi, Hasti Kuchchi and Rajanganaya Ruins) dates back to 3 rd century BC. But this location is most famous as the place that exiled king Sirisangabo offered his own head to a pheasant. Although King Sirisangabo ruled the country only for two years (251-253 AC) and didn’t built any significant monuments or irrigation systems nor won any war, he is one of the most known kings of the history of Sri Lanka.
2018년 4월 14일 작성
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Seevali D
콜롬보, 스리랑카포스팅 8,424건
I GIVE THEE MY HEAD!
2017년 12월 • 친구
A group of 18 of us, travelling with ‘Flamingo Lanka’ visited this archaeological Hatthikuchchi location on 12th December 2017. A guide from the Department of Archaeology based at the site joined us at the very inception of the tour and guided us along with explanations of various ruins of ancient structures and associated historical anecdotes.
At the very outset, the guide made sat us down on a platform under a shady tree to give us an introduction to the site. Although archaeological evidence shows that the temple dates back to 3rd century bc, it had subsequently being abandoned and fallen into disuse. King Sirisangabo, ruled at Anuradhapura only for two years around the middle of the third century. He ruled the country according to the five precepts of Buddhism. When he heard that his power hungry younger brother Gothabaya was leading an armed rebel group to overthrow him, he left the palace by the back door, disguised and unnoticed to avoid bloodshed. He had eventually settled down here leading a life of a hermit in meditation. Gothabaya however was worried that Sirisangabo would return to claim the kingdom. He offered a reward in gold for the head of the dethroned king.
One day Sirisangabo met a peasant, who shared his meal with the abdicated king. During the meal the peasant had said that he was searching for Sirisangabo to claim the reward as he was too poor to maintain his family. Sirisangabo had then identified himself and had offered his head. (I give thee my head!) Although the peasant refused to kill him he had decapitated himself using his own knife and offered his head. The peasant had taken it and claimed his reward. However, later in his reign, Gothabaya felt remorse, and built a memorial at the burial place of the decapitated body. Sirisangabo’s queen too, unable to bear the news had died of sorrow and despair. Her remains too had been deposited here. People in Sri Lanka venerate Sirisangabo even to this day.
The name Hatthikuchchi comes from the rock, next to where were seated listening to the introduction by the guide. This rock (with some imagination) resembles a kneeling elephant.
Hatthikuchchi today is a ruined monastic complex. We were guided to the ruins of:
1. Uposathagara – (chapter house) - Stone based ruins of a building measuring 60 x 38 ft., a hall for highest rituals of monastic life including ordination to priesthood.
2. Pathmagara – Image house – ruins of a building that contained a Buddha statue for veneration.
3. Janthagara – A hospital for monks – A grinding stone used to grind medicinal herbs, stone vessels for storage, remnants of place for heating water etc. are still visible here.
4. The two small buildings where the remains of Sirisangabo and his wife are said to have been entombed.
5. Ugulgala – a vertical standing stone that could easily be toppled, believed to be manmade, to combat enemies.
6. Bodhigara – awakening house – where there had been a Bodhi tree. Within this area is a brickwall, the size of a human body, with a stone block. It is thought that the stone block represents the missing head of Sirisangabo.
7. Watadage – containing the ruins of a stupa. Within this area is a stone platform believed to have been used to cleanse or wash the flowers before they were deposited for veneration.
8. Image house built during a later period - A closed cave room, with a mud wall, built at a later stage. There is a plastered reclining Buddha statue within.
9. A stone bridge – that separates an area used as a walking meditation platform
10. A cave – used by a meditating monk as his abode
11. Sirisangabo cave, where he lived and where he decapitated himself. There is a pond here that is completely covered on top that appears in written history as the place where Sirisangabo donated his head.
An important feature in all these ruins is the absence of decorations and carvings as this had been a monastery for pious monks who engaged in meditation.
As seen from the attached photographs, there is a fair amount of climbing during the latter stage. One may need about two hours to complete the tour. This is not a location much frequented by foreigners. There is no admission fee. The place is open from 8.30am to 5.00 pm, the working hours of the Archaeology Department. If you visit here, please go to the Archaeology Department offices that will provide you with a guide. You can buy woven bags and other local goods at a reasonable price at the entrance / exit car park.
2017년 12월 15일 작성
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chan003
콜롬보, 스리랑카포스팅 65건
A walk, Back in time
2017년 11월 • 가족
On our way to Anuradhapura we decided to make a short detour and explore this lesser visited place. And we were not disappointed.
Hatthikuchchi monastic complex is located about 40 km from Anuradhapura along Kurunegala road. One can reach here using public transportation up to the junction on the main road and get a Tuk Tuk from there.
Place is maintained by the Department of Archaeology and as of now no entrance fees involved.
Monastic complex spans for about 150 acres out of which about 28 acres have been excavated and restored. Dating back to 3rd century bc and evolved until about 9th century, one can see clear examples of early stage simple monastic architecture as well as some complex structures such as image houses, Bodhi tree shrines, bathing ponds, chapter houses, and residential buildings.
Whole place is nicely shaded with large trees but mornings and late afternoons would be ideal. Especially if you climb to the top of one of those rocky outcrops. Several steps in to the wooded surrounding, you can see the remains of cave shelters, ruins of structures scattered all along.
Clean and ash rooms available near the car park area.
2017년 11월 10일 작성
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보로부드르, 인도네시아포스팅 143건
Deep within the Elephants belly
2014년 5월 • 개인
The deepest of histories are found within the "Elephants Belly".

In translation, this is the exact meaning of 'Hatthikuchchi' (Elephant Belly). If you’re feeling intrepid, if you enjoy the challenge of local transport, if you love the outdoors and find archeology fascinating, then this is the left-of-field jackpot.

‘Hatthikuchchi Viharaya’ is the central feature of ‘Rajanganaya Archeological Reserve’ located about halfway between Anuradhapura and Kurenagala. Laying just a few miles west of ‘Galkalla Junction’ in Mahagalkadawala, the site contains some important monuments and architectural features.

From one hilltop vantage point, it’s possible to see the white crown of far away ‘Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba’ in Anuradhapura.

Home and refuge to one of the Nations most significant Monarchs, King Siri Sangabo, 'Hatthikuchchi' is a rather magical site of historical interest. The archeological zone is by no means small, but not all of it is accessible due to overgrowth and conservation activities.

Some exciting events in Sinhalese history have occurred here involving Military coups, booby traps and King Siri Sangabo, who gave his own head by means of auto-decapitation in 252 A.D (it's engraved on the information plaque at the site). Documented in the Mahavamsa chronicles, represented in temple frescoes and sculptural renderings all over the country, the fabled event is a cornerstone of Sinhalese cultural mythology.

That’s what 'Hatthikuchchi' is famous for.

Getting here can be a little tricky. There are many ways... the best and most efficient way is to head for ‘Galgamuwa’. You can find Taxis and local buses to 'Galkalla Junction' from there.

By Rail and Bus from Kurenagala or Anuradhapura...

*Catch a train to ‘Galgamuwa Station’
*Arriving at ‘Galgamuwa’, walk to the ‘Local Bus Station’ at the end of the main street.
*Catch a bus to ‘Galkalla Junction’ (in Mahagalkadawala).
*You can walk the 7km to ‘Hatthikuchchi’ from there.
*BE AWARE, the chances of catching a cab from ‘Galkalla Junction’ are limited.I advise you negotiate with a Taxi for a return trip, from ‘Galgamuwa’.

By Road...

*There are two connecting arterial roadways, that form the; Anuradhapura-Kurenagala Rd.
*From north to south, Anuradhapura Rd (A28) runs from Anuradhapura to Padeniya.
*At Padeniya, the (A10) interchange, known as Kurenagala Rd, continues south into Kurenagala.
*In reverse, if traveling north.

Either way, you pass through both ‘Galgamuwa’ and ‘Galkalla Junction’ (at Mahagalkadawala) the turn off to ‘Rajanganaya Archeological Reserve’ (Hatthikuchchi).

Recommendations...

Take water, sunblock and a hat. There are very few resources here except a Roti Shop at 'Galkalla Junction', selling snacks and drinks.

Registered Local Guides...

Make an inquiry at the ‘Rajanganaya Archeological Office’ when you arrive (you will see it, it’s generally manned during office hours). I was approached by a guide on the bus trip to 'Galkalla Junction'. A registered guide is definitely recommended for safety reasons and a deeper insight.

Gratuities...

I had to pay a gratuity, to a local man that accompanied us.

The Archeological Museum is a small display only. The Staff are very engaging and will be pleased to see you, as not many people make it here (yet). They were really fantastic people.

Please donate generously.
2015년 3월 23일 작성
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