Pichchandiyawa

Pichchandiyawa is a cave monastic complex associated with a rock outcrop in the Welewewa Grama Niladhari Division of the Nawagaththegama Divisional Secretariat in the Puttalam District. This monastery could be approached by traversing nine miles along the turnoff at the 9th mile post on the Puttalam- Anuradhapura Road. Some remains of a cluster of buildings and caves with drip-ledges are in the precincts of the monastic complex. Two cave inscriptions dating back to very early times mention of a Brahmana named Gobuti donating the caves. These inscriptions state that the Brahamana Gobuti was the physician and the teacher of the great King Devanapiya Gamini Tisha. This the first instance of the mention of a king’s Physician and Teacher in an inscription.

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