Also known as the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, the Kelaniya Temple is well known in and around the island of Sri Lanka due to the significance it holds. Here’s more information!
Believed to have been built in the era prior to recorded history, Prince Uttiya renovated the temple in 307 BC following the arrival of Arahat Mahinda. It’s also thought that he built the very first-ever residential quarters of the Buddhist monks. The temple was prone to a lot of destruction by the Dravidian invaders, but each time it was reconstructed again. When planning your itinerary with Truly Sri Lanka, among the many Colombo attractions, make sure you add the Kelaniya temple to the list as well.
Built on the banks of the Kelaniya River, this temple is known as one of the most sacred sites on the island. It’s common belief that Lord Buddha together with 500 supremely enlightened beings (Arahats) visited Kelaniya on the day of Weak in the 2531 era.
The temple building
The temple is divided into four sections, each with its own distinct style. Since the original temple was destroyed, most of the paintings in the temple are fairly modern. The murals that line the ceiling are truly incredible, each depicting major events in the history of Buddhism.
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