Sri Lanka’s hill capital Kandy is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known as a ‘sacred city’ especially to Buddhists around the world since the Dalada Maligawa (the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha) is situated in the heart of Kandy. Apart from the cultural, religious and historical significances related to the city you find plenty of other attractions and things to do in Kandy, during a visit.
The cityhas many accommodation options to choose from but the Earl’s Regency Kandy is one that stands above the rest. A five star luxury hotel from which you can travel with ease to several attractions in Kandy and around the cultural triangle, it has the perfect location for both leisure and business travellers. Earl’s Regency in all its splendor stands next to the Kandy Lake, the perfect oasis to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing.
Gadaladeniya Temple is situated at Pilimathalawa in Kandy. This is Buddhist temple that is visited by devotees, pilgrims, history and architecture enthusiasts as well as those who have a love for nature.
This historical temple was built in 1344 by Kind Buwanekabahu IV. In the temple you find five dagoba (pagoda) one large and four small ones around it. In the shrine room you find a statue of Lord Buddha seated (in vajirasana) under a Makara Thorana. This Makara Thorana has many figures on it with gods such as Brahma, Suyama, Santhusuta, Natha and Maithree, and two attendants crafted on.
The temple was neglected for some time and handed over to Velivita Saranankara Thero by King Viraparakrama Narendrasinha (1707 – 1739). Even though it is known as the Gadaladeniya Temple an inscription identifies it as ‘Dharma Kirthi Vharaya’ which is the name of the monk who established the temple.
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