KURAGALA the Ancient Buddhist monastery belongs to second B.C. have taken over by Muslims and destroyed the archeological evidences and built some mosque in 1922. After 90 years this rock cave site and monastery got freed from the invaders. Defense secretory Gotabaya Rajapaksa visited the site and asked Archaeological director general Mr Senarath Disanayaka to remove the unauthorized construction an occupations.
Archaeological commissioner Charles Godakubura visited the site and declared Kuragala as archaeological Reservation site in 1971. Although government proclaimed Kuragala as archaeological Reservation site Muslims did not stop their constructions shops, toilets , waiting halls, kitchens, flag posts etc.
The kuragala and hituwangala mountains has 30-40 rock caves. The eight caves in Hituwangala had four important brahmi inscriptions. But after Muslim invasion, to day we can see only two cave inscriptions. The Civil security Department personals found one inscription while demolishing 16 unauthorized constructions . Ven Vikiliye Narada Thero visited the place in 1925 and commented about ruins of the foundations of Buddhist monastery and Buddha statue in the first cave building. But Muslims destroyed the ruins and built the mosque and their burial grounds. The Civil security Department personal demolished unauthorized construction (a kitchen) at the third cave and found bricks belongs to old Buddhist monastery.
Former president Mr. R.premadasa made a program to clear unauthorized the occupations at Kuragala site. For this purpose he made arrangements to give 26 acares at hituvangala patina and ibbaanvala pathana on 30 years leased basis. The lands were leased on section 2 of the crown lands ordinance. But musliams did not relinquish the archaeological site. Instead of giving up the Kuragala archaeological preservation, Muslims made arrangements to settle down some muslim people from kalmune to ibbanvala pathana. They bulit some waiting halls in 2002 at hituvangala pathana.
Venerable Kolonne Siri Shantha Vijaya took legal action against archeological department at Human Rights Commission on 2004 and he witnessed at Presidential Commission probing in to Kuragala Ancient Buddhist Monastery. The President Chandrika Kumaratunga recommended that all constructions that made after the proclaimed as a heritage reserve should be demolished.
As results archeological department took legal actions against four Muslim personals who did unauthorized constructions at Balangoda Magistrate Courts. The decision made by the courts was to remove the four unauthorized constructions. during the removal of unauthorized constructions archeological department has found some parts of Skelton of Balangoda man and his belongings like wise Bricks in Anuradapura period also found in the same site.
Then We as Buddhist have to decide what should we do?
Buddhist can go to Maragi stupa at the top of kuragala rock and lighting oil lamps, observe sil
and do other Buddhist activities. This the only way we can preserve Kuragala as a Buddhist heritage.