As a global centre for Theravada Buddhism there is hardly a corner of the paradise island of Sri Lanka that does not contain its very own ancient temple edifices. Negombo is no different as the renowned Angurukaamulla temple is tucked away in the eastern quarter of the city. Occupying a scenic location next to Harischandra College this monolithic religious structure is also the most expansive Buddhist temple in all of Negombo. An architectural marvel for the ages, the ancient temple complex has a number of attractive features.
Highlights include its massive devotional hall which contains a 6m long Buddha statue in a reclining pose. The temple walls are especially elaborate with ancient murals and paintings decorating its surface. The multi-hued paintings and murals depict scenes from religious texts while the monarchs of Sri Lanka over the ages are feature prominently in the artistic expressions.
Tranquil and peaceful to the core a visit to the Angurukaamulla temple is a relaxing and spiritually invigorating experience for visitors of all ages. It is also a common sight to view senior monks at the temple tutor young, child monks known as “samaneras” on the finer points of religious virtue.
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