|Classification:||Cave Church Rock Shelter|
|Dimension:||L=60 m, H=45 m.|
|Address:||Pahiyangala, Yatagampitiya, Gavaragiriya, Tel: +94-.|
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පාහියන්ගල ලෙන (Pahiyangala Cave) is also called Fa Hien Cave, named after the Chinese monk Faxian, who travelled through this area in the 5th century AD. He was a translator and traveled to other sacred Buddhist sites in Nepal and India. On his way to Adam's Peak he discovered this cave. Or better he rediscovered the cave, as it was known to man for 37,000 years, as proven by archaeological excavations. The findings were dated by geophysical methods here in Sri Lanka and in the United States.
The cave is only a shelter, a single chamber with a large portal, 60 m long and 45 m height. Thus, vast chamber is big enough for 3,000 people. There are the remaining pits of the archaeological excavations on the floor, and at the side there are numerous walls which were built into the cave. They form a buddhist temple, which contains a huge statue of a relining Buddha.