The first huge temple complex that was developed into a Pansukulika monastery was called Veherabandigala in the Anuradhapura period. The modern name of the location is Kiralagala. Despite ist historical significance, the quit large archaeological site is far away from the tourist routes and therefore almost untouched. Besides doubled meditation platforms called Padhinagaras, which are typical of monasteries of the Pansukulika brotherhood, an Ayurvedic hospital is another type of structure usually found at sites inhabited by this specific group of monks. Another characteristic feature is a large pond. The bassin in Kiralagala is the largest of ist type. The occurence of a stupa, which is usually not found in Pansukulika compounds, indicates that this location was an ordinary monastery prior to ist transformation into one of the main complexes of the reform fraternity, besides Ritigala and Arankala and Manakanda and Anuradhapura’s Western monasteries. Read more...
Nuwan Chinthaka Gajanayaka