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Kelaniya Temple of Raja Maha Vihara (Kelaniya Temple) description and photos - Sri Lanka: Kelaniya. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The name in English is Kelaniya Temple.
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Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara is a Buddhist temple in Kelaniya. Located 5 km from Colombo. Buddhists believe that Buddha visited this temple on his third and final visit to Sri Lanka, eight years after attaining enlightenment. Its history thus dates back to the 5th century BC. Mahavansa's records mention that Kelania had a jeweled throne on which Buddha sat and preached.
The temple flourished during Cotte's time, but most of its land was confiscated during the Portuguese Empire. When the Portuguese destroyed the temple in 1510, all the sculptures and paintings of antiquity died with it.
It is therefore a pity that there is no evidence of ancient painting and sculpture dating back to the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa period. existing in the temple now. The surviving paintings and sculptures belong to the early 18th century and early 20th century.
In the Dutch Empire, however, new lands were granted to the temple and the temple was restored under the patronage of King Kirti Sri Rahasinja.
The temple is also famous for its image of the reclining Buddha and paintings that depict important events from the life of the Buddha, in the history of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, as well as cases from the Jataka tales. It houses an 18-foot stone statue of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. Every January a procession of Duruthu Maha Perehera takes place in the temple. The procession takes place on the day before the full moon, thousands of people from all over the country, and hundreds of tourists come to the temple to witness this spectacular sight.
The procession reflects the centuries-old traditions and cultural heritage of the country - old traditional folklore, folk music, rhythmic dancing and drumming, which have developed over the centuries thanks to Buddhism and Buddhist practices on the island. For the first time this procession took place in 1927. The procession consists of three separate processions at the relics of Buddha, and Vishna, Kataragama and Vibhishana.
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