Degaldoruwa Makara Thorana

Degaldoruwa Raja Maha Viharaya

Degaldoruwa Raja Maha Viharaya is located in Amunugama, a village close to the city of Kandy. Famous for the splendid paintings that beautify its walls. these colourful painting examples depicts the ancient Kandyan art. The cave has been hollowed out of a rock which rose to a height of around 40 feet, and shelter the Shrine Room and an entrance area.

Degaldoruwa Makara Thorana
Degaldoruwa Makara Thorana

Anyone who travel from Kandy can reach the Degaldoruwa Viharaya via the road over the Lewella Bridge or by turning off at Nattarampota along the Kundasale Road.

The initial steps for the construction of this Temple were taken by King Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe (1747 – 1780) who was a great patron of the arts. It has been said that some of the finest Kandyan Temple paintings were done during his reign. However he died before Degaldoruwa was completed and it was left to his younger brother King Rajadhi Rajasinghe to see it through. After completion King Rajadhi Rajasinghe placed the Temple in the custody of a very learned monk, Moratota Dhammarakkita Nayaka Thera, who was also his teacher.

The Degaldoruwa Viharaya paintings are unique due to the fact that the elements – humans, trees and animals are generally of a uniform size. Furthermore, it is only the front view of the human form that is always shown, never the rear. Interestingly the trees are depicted in a stylized form with the leaves and branches spreading out to the sides. One can also identify the streams depicted in the paintings from the fish that are shown swimming in them.

World's highest statue of walking Buddha

Ranawana Temple

Ranawana Temple

Ranawana Purana Rajamaha Viharaya

Ranawana temple is located approximately 900 m off Kandy-Colombo (A1) road. You need to turn from Nanuoya near the Highway Museum Complex. The temple is one of the beautiful temples in Sri Lanka and you must not miss a visit when visiting the sacred city of Kandy. It has many life incidents of Lord Buddha and are built using maximum natural resources.

Temple is also known as “Ranawana Purana Rajamaha Viharaya”. Entrance of the temple has a model of the north entrance of the “Sanchi Stupa” of India. Spending few hours at this temple will help you to keep out all of your busy life and will help you to make your mind free. Your visit to the temple will be a memorable one and can collect lot of memories.

Ranawana Purana Rajamaha Viharaya
Lankathilaka Viharaya

Lankathilaka Viharaya

Lankatilaka Viharaya

Lankatilaka Viharaya is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Udunuwara of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located off the Daulagala road approximately 4 km (2.5 mi) away from Pilimatalawa junction and a few kilometres from the ancient buddhist temple, Gadaladeniya Vihara. It is considered as one of the most magnificent architectural edifice created during the Gampola era.

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Gadaladeniya Temple

Gadaladeniya Temple

Gadaladeniya Temple

Gadaladeniya temple or viharaya is an old monastery built on top of a rock in Pilimatalawa in Kandy district of Sri Lanka. The temple was built during the era of King Buwanekabaghu IV in 1344 AD. Gadaladeniya viharaya was built with the influence of South Indian architecture and done by architect Ganesvarachchari.

Temple is also known as Saddharmatilaka Vihara or Dharma Kirthi Viharaya. You can reach to the temple through Gadaladeniya road (B116) and is approximately 12.5 Kms to the west of the Kandy City. And located closely to the Lankathilaka viharaya.

History

The history of the temple goes back to the 14th century. According to historical reports this temple was built in 1344, under the patronage of King Bhuvanekabahu IV, who reigned from 1341 to 1351 A. D., by the Ven. Seelavamsa Dharmakirti. The architecture of the temple was designed following Hindu artistic styles by, Ganesvarachari, a South Indian architect. On the rock outcrop, upon which the temple stands, is a carved inscription regarding the temple’s construction. The temple was constructed in the Dravidian architectural style[6] incorporating Sinhalese architecture from the Polonnaruwa era and other Indo Chinese architectural patterns.

Celebrated scholarly monks who have resided at the temple include Sangharaja Dharmakirti II, the author of the Sangharaja-Nikāya (14-15th century) and Vimalakirti I.

The temple was abandoned until King Vira Parakrama Narendra Sinha (1707-1739) handed over it to Weliwita Sri Saranankara Thero, who’s pupils have looked after the temple ever since.

For more information, visit Wikipedia.

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Buddha Statue at Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave Temple is a highly conservative cave temple in Sri Lanka. It is located in the Matale district of Central province.

Temple was built by King Wattagamini Abhaya (famously known as Walagamba) in 89 BC to 77 BC.

Around 75 caves were found from the site and believed to be used for dwelling of monks. Out of them five (5) caves were built as shrine rooms.

Following is a list of them;

  1. Dewraja Viharaya
  2. Maharaja Viharaya
  3. Mahaaluth Viharaya
  4. Paschima Viharaya
  5. Dewana Aluth Viharaya

In the caves 151 Buddha statues are found with different positions and “mudras”. Also found are three (3) statues of Gods and two (2) images of “Bodhisathwa”. Three (3) images of Kings can  be found as well.

Thousands of locals and foreigners visit the cave temple each day.

For more information visit : Wikipedia

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Nalanda Gedige (Black & White)

Nalanda Gedige

Nalanda Gedige is an ancient complete stone temple near Matale, Sri Lanka. Its original site was considered as the center of Sri Lanka. The building was constructed in between 8th and 10th centuries. And has used dravidian architecture and is believed to have been used by Buddhists.

Also some scholars describe this building is a dravidian architecture dedicated to a Mahayanaa cult with pronounced Trantric learning and known for an ancient monument of possible Vajrayana (Tantric) Buddhist affinities.

Source: Wikipedia (The Free Encyclopedia)

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Sri Dalada Maligawa (Patthirippua)

Sacred Temple of Tooth Relic

Sacred Temple of Tooth Relic

The Sacred Temple of Tooth Relic is temple located in the city of Kandy in Sri Lanka. It houses the relic of the Lord Buddha, which is an object of veneration for Buddhists. This is locally known as “Sri Dalada Maligawa“.

Evening view of the Sacred Temple of Tooth Relic

Evening view of the Sacred Temple of Tooth Relic

This is the most sacred Buddhist shrine in the World. It is worshiped not only by  the Buddhist of Sri Lanka, but by Buddhists all around the Globe.

The Tooth Relic is positioned in the upper floor in a chamber known as “Vadahitina Maluwa”. The entrance to the chamber is covered with gold, silver and ivory. The Sacred Tooth Relic is wrapped in a gold caskets studded with precious stones. Outer casket is embossed by valuable stones offered to the Tooth Relic.

Front view of the Paththiruppuwa (Octagon)

Front view of the Paththiruppuwa (Octagon)

The first Temple for the Relic in Kandy was built by King Wimaladharmasuriya I, who selected Kandy as the Capital for ruling. Presently there are no remains of this temple.

Wimaladharmasuriya II built a three storied temple. And King Viraparakrama Narendrasinha, the last Sinhalese King to rule the country, newly built is a two storied temple after sighting that the ancient temple built by his father had decayed. Then King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe built the “Pattirippuwa” (Octagon) which used by Kings to address the general people.

The Kandy Esala Perahera

The Kandy Esala Perahera

The Kandy Esala Perahera also called as The Festival of the Tooth is a grandly celebrated festival. This pageant is celebrated during the months of July and August. And is an Annually celebrated festival.

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