Lahiru Pradǝǝp - Google
A monastic built on top of a hillock in Ampara district, records of Mahavamsa suggests that prince Lanja Tissa, son of Saddha Tissa built this ancient monastery and offered it to sixty thousand Buddhists monks during the 2nd-century BC. A stone inscription discovered says that even before the 2nd-century Arhat Mahinda Thero had visited this area.
Archaeological excavations have discovered more than six hundred ancient artifacts from Rajagala, including hundreds of stupas, image houses, ponds, promenades. There are rock caves with carved drip-ledges which were used by Buddhist monks during the ancient times. On the western foot of the mountain is a ruined water reservoir, which must have been used to supply water to the monastery.
There are more than eighty stone inscriptions discovered in the area. Oldest inscription of those reveals that the monastery was called “Dhana Tisa Parata” during the early days. Another inscription done by King Mahinda II says it was called “Arittara Vehera”. Out of the inscriptions the most valued inscription of archaeological interest mentions the names of Arhat Mahinda Thero and Arhat Itthiya Thero.
There are ruins of two massive stone bowls and a water spout. According to the archaeological department the water spouts are still functional. There are guardstoned found which have carvings of a guardian holding a filled vessel in his hands, and one which has carvings of the king and queen cobras.
There are flights of stone steps which lead to the monastery, the hillock also provides amazing views across the surroundings. There is a lot to experience here, prepare to spend some time in the area also early morning are best to visit.