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It is believed that the founder of the Veherahena Purvarama Rajamaha Viharaya, Ven. Paravahera Revatha Thero, visited the Veherahena Viharaya this year. He has come to this place from the Matara Maha Mantinada Pirivena. That time has been a very difficult time. When he arrived at this place he had brought only a mat, a blanket and a Pathra.

The construction of the dagoba of the Veherahena temple has started this year. It is a small but beautiful dagoba. It is believed that there was a ruined dagoba at this place before the construction of this dagoba. The Bo-tree was the first sacred object in this place. This Bo tree has also made this place a temple.

Ven. Paravahera Revatha Thero has laid the foundation stone for the construction of the Uman Viharaya and the Great Statue of this temple. It marks the beginning of the largest Buddhist creation in Sri Lanka since the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa eras.

The Most Venerable Paravahera Revatha Thero, the founder of this temple passed away on 18.08.1968. Thereafter the Most Venerable Daulagala Sangha became the Chief Incumbent. By the time of the death of Ven. Paravahera Revatha Thero, the construction of two floors and a statue of the nine storied temple had been completed. Ven. Sangha completed the rest of the work and completed the main roof for the protection of the statue. He also built a rest house for pilgrims.

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