Chudamani Vihara


The once famous Buddhist Vihara in Nagapattinam of Tamil Nadu is called as Chudamani Vihara. This Vihara was constructed by Sri Vijayan King Sri Mara Vijayattunga Varman on 1006 CE with the help of Great King Raja Raja Cholan. About 350 Buddha Bronze idols were found in this place from 1856 which were of the period from 11th to 16th Century. Kasiba Thera (A buddhist monk) renovated the vihara during the 6th Century AD with the Help of Naganadu (Nagapattinam) monks as per the details given in the Animangalam Copper Plate of King Kulothunga Chola I.