Built in the 3rd Century BC by one of the earliest kings in Sri Lanka and the king who established Buddhism in the country, Aggrabodhi Viharaya in Weligama was believed to be the location where the first sapling of the sacred Bodhi tree, Sri Maha Bodhi was planted.
Although the temple has been renovated by successive kings, who has reigned Sri Lanka for the last 3000 years, the temple was eventually plundered by the Portuguese Colonists yet the glory of the golden days remain in the form of a rare eightfold prosperity stone or an ‘Ata-Magala Stone’ portraying the eight signs of prosperity carved on a stone pamphlet. Used as a foundation stone for temples during the early eras of Sri Lankan history, the eightfold prosperity stone found at the temple is one of the most-complete stone pamphlets ever to be found.
Despite its 3 millennia-old history, most of the buildings found at the temple today were built during the Kandyan regime, following the destruction by Portuguese. The image house is decorated with the murals of the Kandyan era. The Aggrabodhi temple is believed to have once included the Kustarajagala Statute in its perimeters but is no longer as vast and majestic as it was centuries ago.