There is a very large Buddha statue in this temple. A 50m-high seated Buddha figure – the largest in Sri Lanka – is a highlight of this somewhat gaudy temple, which is often thronged with worshippers. Before reaching the Buddha you pass through a hall of horrors full of life-sized models of demons and sinners.
History of the Buddhaja Maha Viharaya goes back to the era of the Kandyan era. The ancient lair of the kings slinging son, Madakumbura, lived in an ancient burial ground. The temple has three parts, the oldest being about 250 years old, however this is of no particular interest. The next part has life size models of demons and sinners shown in graphic detail. Which leads to the third, most overlooked, aspect of Wewurukannala Vihara, in order to meet the big Buddha up-close, visitors must first navigate the Tunnel of Hell.