Athurugiriya

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Athurugiriya


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Athurugiriya is located in Sri Lanka
Athurugiriya
Athurugiriya
Location of Athurugiriya in Sri Lanka
Coordinates: 6°53′32″N 79°56′34″E / 6.89222°N 79.94278°E / 6.89222; 79.94278Coordinates: 6°53′32″N 79°56′34″E / 6.89222°N 79.94278°E / 6.89222; 79.94278
CountrySri Lanka
ProvinceWestern Province
DistrictColombo District
Elevation
30 m (100 ft)
Population
 • Suburb84,278
 • Urban
5,799
 • Metro
78,479
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (SLT)
Postal Code
10150 [1]

Athurugiriya is a suburb of Colombo city in Colombo District, Sri Lanka. It is situated on the Kotte-Bope Road (B 240) about 15 km away from the centre of the commercial capital Colombo. This suburb is a highly sought after residential center in Colombo city.

King Walagamba also use this place as a hiding place before he chased away the South Indian invaders.

History[edit]

History of the area dates back to at least 212 BC. Historic cave temple complex Korathota Raja maha Vihara located 3 km north from the city centre.

Brahmi inscriptions on the cave temple mention a dedication from the daughter of King Walagamba and a local official. This temple has two important historical inscriptions, which says this temple was offer to Maha Sanga by a daughter of Mahachula Mahatissa. Second one says one cave offered to Maha Sanga by a provincial leader call Sumana.[2]

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