Nagadeepa Purana Vihara temple is an ancient Buddhist temple.Nagadeepa purana vihar temple is located in Jaffna district of Sri Lanka in northern province.This temple is among the country’s sixteen holiest Buddhist shrines.
As per history the Gautama Buddha visited this site after the five years of attaining Enlightenment .As per mahavamsa chronicles and the tamil Buddhist epic manimekalai mentions gem studded stone with the buddha’s footprint at the island of Ninativu which is also known as Nagadeepa island.
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History of Nagadeepa Purana vihara Temple:
The site is known as the place where the lord Buddha come during his second visit to Sri Lanka.After five years of attaining enlightenment and also settling a dispute between two Naga Kings Chulodara and Mahodara over the possession of the gem of studded throne.
When Buddha saw the Naga kings are prepared for fighting. Lord Buddha used physic powers to appear In the sky.This made Nagas very happy.After listening to the Dhamma sermons displaying Buddha’s Mastery in unity,compassion and meththa.Both the Naga kings homage to Buddha with the faith and throne was offered to Buddha in unison and pious devotees.
A deity named samiddhi sumana made the banyan tree.and holding the uprooted tree as an umbrella to him.The naga king Maniakkitha moved by the compassion of the Buddha and thank him for settling the dispute. He further pleaded for souvenir to worship and Buddha offer him rajayathana tree and the throne.
This temple has been reconstructed by the king Devanampiya Tissa and it is converted into the sacred place.
Nagadeepa Purana Vihara temple Darshan Timing
|MONDAY||9.00 AM TO 5.00 PM|
|TUESDAY||9.00 AM TO 5.00 PM|
|WEDNESDAY||9.00 AM TO 5.00 PM|
|THURSDAY||9.00 AM TO 5.00 PM|
|FRIDAY||9.00 AM TO 5.00 PM|
|SATURDAY||9.00 AM TO 5.00 PM|
|SUNDAY||9.00 AM TO 5.00 PM|