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Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya

Colombo

14.6/5(2 Ratings)
Ranked 16 of 34 sightseeing in Colombo

<p style="text-align:" justify;"="">Legend had it that Lord Buddha visited the site of this temple on his third visit to Sri Lanka. The original temple was reportedly destroyed by Indian Invaders. It was, however, rebuilt by devotees, only to be destroyed a second time in the 16th century by Portuguese invaders. Recognising its local importance, the Dutch administration of Colombo restored the temple in the 18th century. With an imposing structure and labyrinthine corridors, it is an impressive structure. The unique hollow dagoba (Buddhist stupa) is where the Duruthu Perahera commemorating Lord Buddhas third visit, is held every year in January.
 

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      Virinder Vaid

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      Historic Buddha temple of Srilanka

      This temple is said to be one where Buddha himself had visited and preached once. It is the oldest temple in Colombo and has statues of a reclining Buddha and the main statue of Buddha in meditation pose. The walls and ceilings have rare paintings depicting Buddha's life and times. The temple building though very old, is well preserved, both inside and outside. There is a Bodh tree, a area where people out burning "Diyas" and few tall statues in the compound.

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