Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara
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Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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It’s believed Buddha visited the site of this temple on his third visit to Sri Lanka. Suitably grand and labyrinthine, it has a dramatic past. Among the many Buddhist temples of Sri Lanka, the Kelani Viharaya stands out as one of the most exquisite examples of the sculptor’s art. Its history runs back to more than 2500 years. In the days of yore, it always received full royal patronage, and to this day, it’s has been highly venerated by the people of the island. Its significance as a place of Buddhist worship is clearly evident in the island’s folklore. The dagoba, which (unusually) is hollow, is the focus of the Duruthu Perahera in January each year.

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Sri Lanka
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6.9520023°N, 79.9180234°E
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Overall Rating:4.6

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"The Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara or Kelaniya Temple is a Buddhist temple in Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, seven miles from Colombo. The Chief Incumbent (Chief Priest) is Venerable Professor Kollupitiye Mahinda Sangharakkhitha Thera. Buddhists believe the temple to have been hallowed during the third and final visit of the Lord Buddha to Sri Lanka, eight years after gaining enlightenment. Its history would thus go back to before 500 BCE. "
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"Upan da sita karapu paw natha warak wandonth kelaniye"
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"Place of worship for Buddhists. Thousands of devotees gather here on Poya days to observe Sil and for meditation."
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"Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya is the religious place in the Sri Lanka. Most sri lankan peoples visit every day for worship the temple. there are important museum close to temple."
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"The Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara or Kelaniya Temple is a Buddhist temple in Kelaniya."

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