Kushta Raja Gala Statue Weligama

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At the western end of the town, near the railway track, stands a 3 meter high rock carved statue of a regal figure. It was believed to be a statue of a king whose identity hasn’t been established even today. According to the legend, the statue depicts an eighth or ninth century provincial ruler who had revered from leprosy by drinking coconut milk for three months.

The other belief is that the statue depicts the Mahayana Bodhisatva, possibly Avalokitesvara. The carvings of meditating Buddhas in the tiara of the statue lend credence to the belief concerning the Bodhisatva.

Kushtarajagala of the Weligama Divisional Secretariat Division can be reached on Matara - Colombo Road in the town limits at Weligama near Agrabodhi Vihara. This colossal image of Avalokiteshvara of 383 cm in height is sculptured in a niche of the rock. It could be ascribed to 6-7 c.A.D when the features are taken into account. The upper part of the statue is uncovered and the lower part is covered with a dhoti and a decorative girdle. The neck is adorned with a few necklaces, the arms with bangles and the feet with anklets.

Vitarka Mudra on the right hand, Kataka Hasta Mudra on the left hand and four figures of the Amitabha Dhyani Buddha on the head gear are found on the statue. The statue depicts very clearly the Mahayana concept that prevailed in the 6 - 7 centuries A.D. There are some folk stories on the image identified definitely as Avalokiteshvara. One is that a prince from a foreign country ailing from a skin disease had come on a pilgrimage to Agrabodhi Vihara and had constructed this image on a vow made to God Vishnu. The other is that a prince from Sri Lanka with a skin ailment had built the statue after getting cured by making a vow to Agrabodhi Vihara. As there is evidence to identify that this statue is of Natha Bodhisatva, the folk stories could be accepted to some extent for the reason that there was a belief that this Bodhisatva had healing powers.

How to get here:

Travelers can easily reach this place simply by walking. Its a 10 mints walk from Weligama city. Refer below map for see the location.

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Taprobane Island
The Swining Chair Weligama
Agrabodhi Rajamaha Temple
Rajakulawadana Rajamaha Temple
Fisheries Harbour
Bodhimalu Temple