Kushta Raja Gala

Kushta Raja Gala, Weligama: Address, Kushta Raja Gala Reviews: 4/5

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NMW
Sydney, Australia143 contributions
Solo
Treasure awaits around every corner in Sri Lanka.

While soaking up the sun around Weligama Beach and neighbouring Marissa, I chose to catch a three wheeler to this site after reading about it. I had to show the driver a picture of the image; as he otherwise wouldn't have known where it was.

It's a gem.

If you're into sculpture, archeology, art or history; then you will love this extremely small, unassuming and well hidden site. There is little in the way of security, protecting the image of this (alleged) King... just a rusty turnstile and some corroded 'cyclone fencing'.

A 'till box' is onsite... please give generously.

Just on the mythology attached to this image in relation to the 'miraculous' cure that is attributed to coconuts. Forms of 'Dermatitis' and other skin related disorders, attributed to extreme mineral deficiencies in ones diet, can be treated with the minerals and fatty acids, that are present within the humble coconut.

Magnesium, Zinc, Folate, Selenium, Phosphorous, Potassium and Omega-6 Fatty Acids, are all available from fresh coconut. Some are present in extremely high concentrations.

Grab a 'take-away' coconut, from one of the beachside stalls in Weligama, before you get into the moto. There are no resources at the site.

Beware the 'Fire Ants' that nest right in front of the image.

OUCH!!!!
Written March 9, 2015
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Anastasiia0512
Oslo, Norway217 contributions
Couples
Be aware that Kushta Raja Gala and Buduruwagala rock carvings are two different places. This one is a small, barely noticeable rock carving in Matara.
Written January 24, 2017
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Siraj C
Colombo, Sri Lanka16 contributions
Family
It is believed that a King was afflicted with a skin disease and was recommended to have a decoction of herbal medication administered. One rare herb was available only by the side of this rock. On being cured, the King instructed a carving be made to honour the place he regained good health. Although steeped in history and mystery the area around the rock is neglected. More care should be taken with information readily available on the significance
Written April 28, 2016
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Dilash De silva
Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka128 contributions
Family
This is an ancient stone mural in the heart of Weligama town with a story behind it's erection . Not properly preserved or protected by Archaeological dept. of Sri Lanka . Nearby major attraction is Aggrabhodi raja maha viharaya.
Written February 7, 2019
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Shivi H
London, UK25 contributions
Friends
This was an amazing statue and set in a nice little park, but we took a special trip out here to see it in a tuktuk, after not much research into it. Great as a stopover on the way to something else, but it is literally one statue in a bit of of park area - not a large park as we had initially thought! Worth seeing - but as I said, as a stopover on the way to somewhere!
Written October 15, 2018
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Michael Rohan S
Greater Sydney, Australia997 contributions
Solo
This beautiful statue carved out of a rock is in a secluded place off the main roads at Weligama. Nobody knows for sure what the statue represents. Myths say that a foreign king arrived by ship and was cured of a disease and ordered that the statue be carved. Was it of the king, or his God or of the medicine man who cured him? Other theories say it is of an incarnation of the Buddha. Sadly, there is no information about the statue at the site.
Written February 12, 2018
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Lalindra J
49 contributions
Couples
Though many folklore surround this magnificent rock carving of almost four meters in height, it is very much believed to be that of Avalokethisvara Bodhisathva and belongs to 6-7 century AD. It's situated in the southern coastal town of Weligama within walking distance from the main Matara Colombo road, close to the Weligama Heritage hotel.
A lone tombstone stands close to the rock statue and it probably belongs to British national who resided in close proximity and died in 1925. He probably could be a worker of the coastal railway line built by the British in the 19th century, which runs right behind the site.
When visiting this site one must not forget to meet and speak to Sarath aka Kalu Mahattaya who dedicates his time and effort to maintain and and keep the place clean. He has much knowledge about the history of this place.
Written May 9, 2017
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Andìl B
17 contributions
Couples
You donot need to buy any tickets to visit this place.It is worthy to hear the story of the king.It is a very interesting craving.It's all free
Written November 7, 2016
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Trulsa04
Sweden21 contributions
Family
This was an unexpected treat on our way to Udawalawe National Park. After a short we arrived at these magnificent stone carvings. A guide is highly recommended to get the full experience of these carvings.
Written December 6, 2015
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Bandu N
DC344 contributions
Friends
Another historical and cultural site where many local and foreign tourists visit when they pass by Weligama. This is a 3 meter (9.8 ft) high bas-relief statue of Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, carved into a rock, between the 6th-9th century AD. It is known locally as Kusta Raja Gala or Rock of the Leper King and is thought to be representing a king smitten with a skin disease (possibly leprosy "kusta" in local language), who was prompted in a vision to take coconut pulp and water for three months as a cure. When he fulfilled the vision his health was restored, he then commissioned his figure to be carved on the rock commemorating this miraculous cure. Dont miss this if your are in town or crossing the area. worth visiting..
Written January 19, 2015
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