Chaithya construction – Phase 4 started

We are pleased to announce that the Chaithya construction Phase 4 is now underway.
Soon we will be making preparation for finalising the relic chamber (Dhathu garbhaya).
With your kind donations, plans are underway to preserve Thripitaka (the discourses of the lord Buddha) inside the chamber.
Chaithya - Phase 4

Recently “Thripitaka” became a National Heritage of Sri Lanka.

Click here to see history of Thripitaka
History of Thripitaka

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Chaithya construction phase 1 in full swing

Young and old, rich or poor, people from all walks of life came together to accomplish the vision of Ven. Somananda Thero; That is to bring peace and harmony among the local communities and provide support to the poor villagers of the surrounding area.
Everything you can see in this picture – (ongoing Chaithya construction and community center/Dharma Shalawa in the background) and many other support work are solely funded through donations. Please join hands with us to make a difference.

Rescuing a pregnant cow from slaughter.

Thanks to the kindness of a generous donor we were able to fund the rescue of a pregnant cow from slaughter, and in turn gift her to the villagers.  From this selfless act, not only were we able to save two lives, but also support the livelihoods of the people who in turn would benefit from the milk provided. We were overjoyed to hear that on the 11th August 2018, a beautiful healthy calf was born, whom due to the wishes of the donor was fondly named ‘Bettie’.

and the baby – Bettie

The Journey Begins


“What you think you become, what you feel, you attract. what you imagine, you create.” — Gautama Buddha


The Journey BeginsIMG_5512

In 2015, Project Kantale Maha Viahraya started off from a little mud house with the determination of a Buddhist monk – Ven. Somananda who had a vision of bringing peace and harmony among the local communities, restoring Buddhism and provide support to  a remote part of war ravaged eastern Sri Lanka.

The temple is situated in the 9th Mile post off Kantale – Seruwila road. Not only did Ven. Somananda decided to build a hut and resides there, the Ven. Thero decided to help out the seventeen poor families in the surrounding area. The villagers are so poor that they were unable to offer Dhana to the monk, however they understood the importance of this noble task and offered their free labor to help build the temple. As result we were able to complete many construction task with minimal cost. The Ven. Thero continued his mission and funded the project from the little salary he earns as a teacher of the Pirivena. Handful of individuals and families from Sri Lanka, England and USA started providing support to the project to help Somananda Thero to achieve the following:



“We experience joy in the actual act of giving something. And we experience joy in remembering the fact that we have given.” — Gautama Buddha


This support page is established and maintained by group of people who have helped to achieve the above mentioned noble tasks by providing funds and spending time on organizing various activities such as obtaining estimates for the ongoing construction, planning the Chaithya construction etc.

With the support thus far, we have been able to work towards some of our goals. However, we still have a long way to go and any support we are able to get towards Project Kantale Maha Viahraya would be greatly appreciated. You may join hands with us to support the ongoing activities listed above. If you are interested in making a donation towards Chaithya construction, please donate to the following Bank of Ceylon account:

Bank of Ceylon 
Kantale branch
Account number: 82487139
Account name:      Chaithya Sanwardana Kamituwa.

Please visit our donation page for any other donations.

Alternatively, you may directly contact or visit the temple/Ven. Somananda and make your contributions by using the provided contact information found on contact us page.

“Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.” — Gautama Buddha