Mullikulamalai Monastery Ruins
Sri Lanka, Akkaraipattu

The ruins of the Mullikulamalai Monastery are located on top of the highest cliff of the Mullikkulaththu Rock mountain range, in the east of Sri Lanka, in the province of Ampara, 9.5 kilometers from the city of Akkaraipatu and 5 kilometers from the city of Palamunai. From the once large and revered cave monastery, there were only ruins that almost swallowed the jungle. The monastery was blown up by religious extremists and looted by treasure hunters. The remains of two stone stairs have survived, one of which leads to the top of the rock on which the stone building once stood (only the remains of the foundation have survived to this day), the second to two caves and the ruins of the pavilion for meditation. The cave walls have preserved rock paintings and inscriptions that mention the name of Queen Viharamahadevi, the wife of King Cavantissa and the mother of the future rulers of Sri Lanka - Dutthagamani and Saddhatissa. According to scientists, the inscriptions in the cave of the Mullikulamalai monastery are among the few surviving evidence of the last years of the greatest queen in the history of Sri Lanka, who became a nun at the end of her life.

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