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Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya or Muthiyangana Temple is a Buddhist temple at the centre of Badulla, a town 22.7 km away from Ella. The stupa has a history dating back to the 5th century BC and has continued to be a popular attraction in the country for tourists and pilgrims alike.
Muthiyangana Temple is one amongst the sixteen sacred Buddhist temples in the country. According to legends, during Lord Buddha’s third visit to Sri Lanka, he had given his sermons at the location where Muthiyangana Temple now stands. The stupa was built by a tribal leader and later transformed into a temple complex by Sinhalese kings. Apart from the stupa, Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya is also known for the four Bodhi trees at its premises, each tree with an interesting story associated with it. Also, a procession occurs annually at the temple.