The Esala Perahera in Kandy is one of the oldest and grandest of all Buddhist festivals in Sri Lanka, featuring dancers, jugglers, musicians, fire-breathers, and lavishly decorated elephants. This is held in Esala (July or August) which is the month that is believed to commemorate the first teaching given by the Buddha after he attained enlightenment. The Kandy Esala Perahera lasts for ten days while various festivities can be witnessed right throughout. The Sinhalese term 'Perahera' means a parade of musicians, dancers, singers, acrobats and various other performers accompanied by a large number of caparisoned Tuskers and Elephants parading the streets in celebration of a religious event.
This ritual is performed by carrying the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha through the streets of the Kandy city which is done with exceptional panache. This is considered as one of the most beautiful pageants in the Asia.
The Mahaweli Maha Seya will be an achievement development of epic scale sited on a slant sitting above the Kotmale Reservoir. This will be the greatest and the Largest Stupa to be developed following 2350 years in Sri Lanka.
The Mahaweli Maha Seya will be a landmark structure of epic scale sited on an escarpment overlooking the Kotmale Reservoir.
At a time the world is seeking new centres of tourism, Mahaweli Maha Seya at Kadadora, Kotmale, will prove a compelling attraction to tourists of the world as it is an entirely new centre of attraction.
The Buddhist world especially will make this a centre of pilgrimage.
Anu-radha-pura Kingdom lasted one thousand and five hundred years from 380BC. This city is home to many of the earliest grandest monuments of Sri Lanka. A popular destination of Sinhalese Buddhist's prilgimages because of its many ancient Buddhist monuments.
Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka's splendid medieval capital was established as the first city of the land in the 11th Century, A.D. It replaced Anuradhapura, plundered made desolate, and laid hopelessly bare to the invading armies from South India. Three Kings dominate the annals of the city and..
Kandy (Ancient Senkadagala) is the last capital of the Sinhala Monarchy the History of which goes back to at least five centuries before the beginning of the Common Era. The city is surrounded by a ring of mountain ranges and Sri Lanka's largest river Mahaweli Ganga.
Aluth Nuwara Dedimunda devalaya is located few kilometers away from the Mawanella town.When you are traveling from Colombo to Kandy, once you pass the Mawanella town you will reach a village call Hingula.
Asokarama Maha Vihara is a temple with over 200 years of history and culture. It offers free vocational and humanitarian services to the Sri lankan community in Kalutara and surrounding areas of Kalutara
Bandagiriya, a village located at the very far end of the Hambantota district is known well because of the ancient temple there. The rock on which the ancient stupas and other ruins are found today is considered the highest peak in the Hambantota district.
In the temple-studded paradise island of Sri Lanka, Bellanwila Rajamaha Vihara occupies a special place. This temple is considered so sacred that there is a long cherished belief that a child who treads the ground under the shade of its scared Bodhi-treel
We visited this place during a weekday and there were no visitors at that time. We met a very and kind & pleasant thero (monk), who was in his old ages. He kindly open the temple doors for us and explain about the history of the temple.
Dova ancient rock temple which is located in Dova, Ella area in Badulla district can be identified as one of the foremost rock temples in Uva province with higher historical value. It is facing to Badulla- Bandarawela main road.
Gadaladeniya Temple is located at Pilimathalawa, Kandy. When you are driving from Colombo to Kandy, Gadaladeniaya temple road is at your right hand side. After taking that turn from Pilimathalawa, you have to travel another 2 km.
Girihadu seya is considered as the first Dageba in Sri Lanka, done by Thapassue Balluka Merchants. This is located in Thiriyaya close to Trincomalee Pulmoddi road. Load Buddha spent 7 weeks ( sath Sathiya) after his enlightenment.
What was once a swamp adjoining the famous Beira Lake, a landmark in the capital city, is today a vibrant complex comprising the Gangaramaya temple, the 'seema malaka' – an assembly hall for monks – in the picturesque Beira Lake and a vocational training.
Kadurugoda Temple is located in Chunnakam ( Hunugama) in Jaffna district. The main religious attraction in this place is 60 stupa ( dageba) and there are some other Buddhist ruins also. These stupas are build in various sizes.
The Kalutara Bodhi Complex together with the majestic Chitya is the hallowed and glorious land mark on the main Southern Highway. The thousands who pass along the highway and those devotees, who make a special pilgrimage.
Although, strictly speaking, the word Kataragama refers to the place-name of a certain area in southern Sri Lanka, yet the mere sound upon anyone's ear reminds one of Kataragama Deviyo who presides there.
When we talk about the historic city of Kataragama, one place we cannot forget is the Kiri Vehera. It is one of the five most important sites of worship in the city along with the Maha Bodhi, Kataragama Devale, Sella Kataragama and Vedihitikanda.
Lankathila Viharaya is a Gedige type large image house build by king Parakramabahu the Great ( 1153- 1186 AD). The specialty in this structure is the two pylons at the entrance and the giant Buddha statue in side.
Pahiyangala caves lies in Yatagampitiya, which is a remote village about 5 km away from Bulathsinhala in the Kalutara District. Excavation has proved that these caves were inhabited by prehistoric cave men some 37,000 years ago.
When you take a turn at Miriswattha Junction from Colombo Kandy main road, you have to travel 6-7 km and you will find a by lane to the temple.
This is the Council Chamber ( Raja Sabahawa) of king Parakaramabahu the Great( 1153 -1186 AD). This also known as Raja Vaishyabhujanga Mandapaya. The Council chamber is 75 feet in length and 33 feet width.
Rankoth Vehera (Golden Pinnacle Dagoba)was constructed by the king Nishanka Malla(1187 AD to 1196 AD). According to some of the historical facts this was constructed long before and the king Nissanka Malla did a renovation only.
Rankoth Viharaya is the most prominent Buddhist attraction in Panadura. This temple was built on the top of a natural rock and can seen from the far distance. Early days this place was known as the 'Galkanda Viharaya" and renamed as Rankoth
Ridivihara is located at Ridigama village in Kurunegala district. The name "Ridigama" means "silver village". If you are coming from Colombo, take the Kandy road from Kurunegala and travel around 4km.
Somawathi Stupa is located in the middle of the jungle, in Polonnaruwa District. From Polonnaruwa, you have to travel Sungavila and then take a gravel road which leads to the temple through the Jungle.
Sri Dalada Maligawa, which enshrines the Tooth Relic of the Buddha, is one of the holiest shrines in the entire Buddhist world. The Tooth Relic was brought to Sri Lanka by a princess from Kalinga named Hemamali, securely wrapped in her tresses
According to the historical facts, the Vegam Rajamaha Viharaya was done by king Devanampiyathissa. Later on some additions and renovations were done by first Bathiya, Second Agkbo, first Vijayabahu and first Parakramabahu.
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