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Buduruwagala Vihara Monaragala

Buduruwagala Vihara Monaragala


බුදුරුවගල රජමහ විහාරය

புதுருவாகல விஹாரை மொனராகலை

Moneragala » Monaragala

Monaragala which is the second largest district of Sri Lanka surrounded by greeny forest and exist as home for many archaeological and historical evidences. Buduruwagala is the main religious heritage site of Monaragala District. Buduruwagala is nearly 5km Southeast of Wellavaya, a scenic town in the Monaragala District, Uva Province of Sri Lanka.The Buduruwagala temple got its name from the sculptures exist at Buduruwagala – Budu/Budha-ruwa/Images-gala/rock. There seven main sculptures were carved out on a rock which is an kneeling elephant shaped. The present Buduruwagala temple premises consist of meditation center and relaxing benches to serve the pilgrims and tourists. Budruwagala temple is one of the historical temples of Sri Lanka which represents the Mahayana Buddhism tradition and also it should be noted that the sculptures are date back to 10th century. Here, a fifty five feet high Buddha statue was carved as center in respect to the two groups of sculptures. Each group to the left and right of the Buddha statue consist of three sculptures. Legends say that this is the tallest standing Buddha of Sri Lanka and some says this is the tallest carved Buddha of the present world – after the destruction of tallest statue in 21st century. The standing Buddha pose with the Abhaya mudra - right hand arm bend to the shoulder height and palm facing outward- which means free from fear and being kind. Some archaeologists say that this Buddha statue represents the Dipankara Buddha whom the Buddhists believed that who he enlightened before Gawthama Buddha. The two group sculptures to the right and left of Buddha are centered by Maitreya Bodhisattva and Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva respectively. The avalkotesvara Bodhisattva means the lord who looks downs the earth and Maitreya Bodhisattva means the Buddha who will (in future) born on Earth to teach dharma. Other than that Manjushri Bodhisattva and Vajrapani Bodhisathtva were carved to the right side and Sudhana Prince and Tara or Aryathara were carved. The sculptures of Prince Sudhana and Tara were carved in a thrice bent position. Also some of the sculptures resembles more likely to Hindu gods and their sitting positions. Other than these a hollow in a shape of lamp flame exist above center Buddha sculpture and many believe that some kind of oil leaked from there. Although at present many parts of the sculptures are damaged, they still exist due to the artistic value of those sculptors and plastering material they used to protect the sculptures. Other than these historical rememberances, Buduruwagala temple is a photographic venue among the hill area which attracts more pilgrims and tourists. 

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Lovamahapaya (Brazen Palace) Anuradhapura

Lovamahapaya (Brazen Palace) Anuradhapura


ලෝවාමහාපාය - අනුරාධපුරය

லோவமகாபாய விஹாரை -அனுராதபுர

Anuradhapura » Anuradhapura

The first established Kingdom of the country; the Anuradhapura city contain many famous ruins. Along the scenic route to Anuradhapura, the Lovamahapaya is located near Ruvanveliseya and Sri Mahabodiya.According to the ancient chronicle of Sri – lanka, Lovamahapaya is a massive structure existed at that time. The commentary such as, nine storied building, to a height of (nearly) 46meters with 40X40 numbers of columns were clearly describe the gigantic structure of Lovamahapaya which existed many centuries before. At first, King Devanampiyatiisa built a place for Buddhist monks to conduct their meetings but later King Dutugemunu built it into a massive building which contains nearly 1000 rooms for them to rest. The other speciality of Lovamahapaya is the roof top covered with copper plate. The height of the building brought down with the time and the chronicles mentioned the reason as it was built on wood. With some fire accidents by the oil lamps the building was deceased and the present look was brought by King Parakiramabahu I. Not only Buddhist but also other religious believers used to visit the place because of its adorable structure.

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Degaldoruwa Raja Maha Viharaya

Degaldoruwa Raja Maha Viharaya


දෙගල්දොරුව විහාරය, මහනුවර

டேகல்டொருவ ராஜ மகா விஹாரை

Badulla » Amunumulla

The Viharaya named Degaldoruwa Raja Maha Viharaya is positioned in a village of Central Province. The village is nearly 7km far from Kandy city and called as village Amunugama.Although the viharaya is a cave temple it was a man made cave. The patronage of king Keerthi Sri Rajasinghe was responsible for this cave temple. The temple is specially famous for its ceiling paintings. The cave ceilings and the walls decorated with the paintings of four Jathaka stories, scene of Lord Buddha and the forces of Mara and many more. At the top of the rock there is a Bo tree and a stupa which gives a spiritual mindset. Visitors, tourists and pilgrims can get more information about the Degaldoruwa raja Maha Viharaya when refer the Dealgaldoruwa copper plate of king Rajadhi Rajasinghe. 

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Thanthirimale Rajamaha Vihara

Thanthirimale Rajamaha Vihara


තන්තිරිමලේ රජ මහා විහාරය

தந்திரிமலை ராஜா மகா விஹாரை

Anuradhapura » Tantirimale

Thanthirimale is a village located in the Anuradhapura District and this village housed historically sacred thanthirimale raja maha vihraya. The holy premises Thanthirimale raja maha viharaya is situated nearly 44 km far from the Anuradhapura city, to its North – West direction.It is believed that the village exist from the 3rd century B.C with the name Thivakka Bamunugama. With the down fall of Anuradhapura kingdom the places around Thanthirimale Raja maha viharaya also lost their impotence. But in 1960’s Kudakongaskada Wmalagnana thero pioneered in renovating the viharaya. Viharaya consist of many attractions such as Samadhi Buddha statue of 8ft height, pond, ancient inscriptions, sleeping Buddha statue carved on stone and cave paintings of age (nearly) 4000 years. It is believed that a sapling of Sri Maha Bodhiya is located at the top of a rock which exists in the premises of Thanthirmale Raja maha viharaya. Still it’s a miracle for the tourist how the Bodhi sapling was grown well in the hard rock and less watery sand. Mostly pilgrims used to visit the viharaya but also many tourists from local and foreign used to visit. The fables and peaceful environment which centres the Thanthiri Raja maha viharaya can’t be forgotten by the visitors.

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Kalvari Malai  Komarasankulam -Vavuniya

Kalvari Malai Komarasankulam -Vavuniya


කල්වාරි කන්ද - වව්නියාව

கல்வாரி மலை வவுனியா

Vavuniya » Komarasankulam

The Kalvari is located in the Komarasankulam, Vavuniya District, Northern Province. The Kalvari of Vavuniya is a famous shrine for the Northern Christians. Especially during the Lent season pilgrims from all over the country climb up the hill to conduct their rituals and to participate in the Way of the Cross. There are fifteen life size statues which express the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the place is where pilgrims can experience a good spiritual surrounding. In 2014, eight statues out of fifteen were destroyed by some unwanted people but now those all were rebuilt and maintained well. Many pilgrims visit Kalvari of Vavuniya to full fill their spiritual thirsty. The place is easy to access and many pilgrims travel as assemblage.

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Kalutara Bodhiya Budhist Temple

Kalutara Bodhiya Budhist Temple


කළුතර බෝධිය - කළුතර

புத்த விகாரை - களுத்துறை

Kalutara » Kalutara

Kalutara is a spice trading spot of present and past Sri Lanka. The Kalutara town is in Kalutara District, Western Province and nearly 42km down South to the capital city, Colombo. As the Kalu ganga river reaches the sea in Kalutara, the city gained the name Kalutara.The dagoba and the Bo tree are attracting every travellers those who cross Kalutara along Galle road. As mentioned in chronicles the Bo tree is a sapling of Sri Maha Bodhiya, Anuradhapura and it is one of the 32 saplings which were planted in several parts of Sri Lanka as directed by Ven. Mahindha Thero long time ago. During some difficult times of Ceylon the sacred relics of Buddha was enshrined here. This is the main reason for the continuous visit of pilgrims and Buddhist devotees to the Boddhiya temple. There is also a trust named Kalutara Bodhi Trust to maintain and preserve the Bo tree including the dagoba. The temple was also a famous and old land mark of the country as well as a good tourist spot. 

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Thiru Ketheeswaram temple - Mannar

Thiru Ketheeswaram temple - Mannar


තිරුකේතීස්වාරම් කෝවිල - මන්නාරම

திருக்கேதீஸ்வரம் - மன்னார்

Mannar » Mannar Town

The legendary Hindu temple Thiruketheeswaram is in Mannar, Northern Province. More clearly, it’s located in Manthota, an old port town of Mannar District and which is a few km North from Mannar town.The temple was named as Thiruketheeswaram as that here Kethu Bhagavan worshipped lord Shiva or Eeswaran ( Thiru – Kethu – Iswaram). The temple Thiruketheeswaram is the famous pilgrim among the five easwarams namely, Koneswaram, Naguleswaram, Thenavaram and Munneswaram of the island which were dedicated to lord Shiva. Tamil Hindu natives of the Manthota proudly says that the Ketheesawaram temple is one among the 275 padal petra sthalams –{ ghly; ngw;w ];jyk; } in the continent. Other than Koneswaram temple of Trincomalee, Thiruketheeswaram temple is the only temple which owes the proud in the Island. There is a tank named Palavi which considered as more spiritual one by the Hindu devotees. Presently the temple was renovated well and the colourful Gopuram of the temple catches every eye.Many Hindu devotees and natives visit the temple to worship and to carry out the traditional pooja for their lord. 

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St. Mary’s Church - Jaffna

St. Mary’s Church - Jaffna


ශාන්ත මරියා මහ පල්ලිය - යාපනය

கொஞ்சேஞ்சி மாதா தேவாலயம் - யாழ்ப்பாணம்

Jaffna » Chundikuli

St. Mary’s church of Jaffna is located in the main city of Jaffna District, Northern Province. It’s very near to reach from A9 highway.The St. Mary’s cathedral is owed to the Roman Catholic mission and the St. Mary’s church is the cathedral church of the Jaffna diocese. The church is the head of all churches in the Jaffna diocese. As the name refers, it’s mainly dedicated to ‘our lady of concencio’. The St. Mary’s cathedral is the more spacious and large cathedral when compare to the rest cathedrals of the Island. During the colonial era the church was made using clay and in 1789 foundation for a stone building was laid. The foundation for the present church was laid on 1938 only. The church underwent for many changes for every reconstructions and renewals. During the Silver Jubilee year (2007) of the cathedral, a Blessed Sacrament chapel was built and opened for the public worship. Many visit the church especially for its architectural design and admiring size. The visitors can make a quick visit to the nearby official resident of Bishop to meet the priests. 

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St. Lucia's Cathedral Colombo

St. Lucia's Cathedral Colombo


ශාන්ත ලුසියා දේවස්ථානය, කොළඹ

செயின்ட் லூசியா கதீட்ரல் தேவாலயம் -கொட்டாஞ்சேனை

Colombo » Kotahena and Kochchikade (colombo 13) / කොටහේන / கொட்டாஞ்சேனை

The St. Lucia's cathedral church is located in the Colombo District, Kotahena. Kotahena [Colombo 13] is home for many famous places of worship.The church is allocated to St. Lucy and home for the archbishop of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Colombo city. The church is exactly copied the architectural style of St. Peter’s Basilica church in the Vatican. The church has a capacity to accommodate 6000 people in its nave (central part of the church). Originally the church was built in 1760 as a small hut under Dutch period. The present structure was completed only in 1902. The St. Lucia’s cathedral is considered as the oldest and larger parish cathedral of the country. Feast of St. Lucy is celebrated every December 13th and she was considered as the protector against eye trouble. The front part was decorated with seven statues and the church consists of many architectural statues. The unique statue of Our Lady of Kotahena is more special in it. Many devotes visit the church as well as others visit to adore the architectural effect of the church. Many famous schools and other religious venues are available around the Church. 

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Abhayagiri Vihara Anuradhapura

Abhayagiri Vihara Anuradhapura


අභයගිරි විහාරයb- අනුරාධපුරය

அபயகிரி விகாரை அனுராதபுரம்

Anuradhapura » Anuradhapura

One of the sacred venues of the country and the most important ruin of Auradhapura is Abayagiri Vihara. The great brick structure of the nation is located in Anuradhpura and nearly 6.5km from the main town.Chronicles state that king Vattagamini Abaya or well known as Walagamba, built this Vihara to full fill his vow against a Jani monk. The Vihara was named by adjoining the two rivals name “Abaya – King who built the Vihara” and “Giri – Jani monk”. The Vihara is very much important for Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism. According to Mahavamsa and many famous chronicles the Abayagiri Dagoba was built over the foot print of Lord Buddha. The 2nd tallest stupa of Anuradhapura named Abayagiri stupa, moonstone, twin pond, Lankarama complex; Samadhi Buddha statue, museum and many more ruins exist in the citadel of Abayagiri Vihara. Tourists from all over and many scholars visit the Vihara to fulfil their knowledge thirsty. 

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