The renowned Kande Viharaya located in the environs of the town of Aluthgama is a well-known place of worship, which is venerated by a large section of the Buddhist faithful. Originally founded in the 18th century, this revered shrine was steadily developed over the years. As you would expect in a fully-fledged Buddhist temple complex, several features of interest may be seen here. The stupa is of a harmonious bell-shape, with several distinctive features. At the stupa’s base, you will notice a design that resembles a set of moulded flower petals. Above it is a set of three terraces on top of which the dome is located. According to records initially a small stupa was constructed here, and a larger dome enclosing it was constructed later.
However, the most ancient building within the compound is the relic chamber. At its entrance the visitor will see an ornate moonstone and a stone doorframe. The priceless casket of relics has been securely positioned within the innermost chamber. This building’s walls and ceiling have been adorned with artworks dating to the latter era of the Kandyan epoch. Meanwhile, the temple’s revered Bo tree is said to be more than three centuries in age. It is enclosed by an octagonal wall which is decorated with scenes recounting the story of the arrival of the sacred Bo sapling to the island.
The image house is another noteworthy building and it presents a resplendent sight with its creeper and floral-themed embellishments. Originally constructed in the 18th century, the edifice features an outer and an inner chamber. Within the inner section visitors will see numerous Buddha statues in the seated, standing and reclining positions. The building has been decorated with a number of murals and other artworks. Interestingly, the temple also features a number of devalas, or shrines devoted to several venerated deities. Many devotees frequent the temple to honour the Buddha and the various deities, along with a number of sightseers.
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Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and hopes to visit them all someday.