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“Best OF Historical Wooden Carvings” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Embekke Devalaya

Embekke Devalaya
Embekka Village | Three Kilometers from the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, Handessa, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Handessa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Best OF Historical Wooden Carvings”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

I have being there several times in the past... Best workmanship of wood carvings done by old Kandian artists. Every carving has a historical artistic name and those floral desings are even learnt by art students in the secondary and tertiary education!! You will be amazes by the quality and paitence the artist has maintained in completing the wood carvings with a great creativity and neatness~

Visited June 2012
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“Old wooden carvings temple”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Its a good place to visit. if you are an art lover you will appreciate the fine wooden carvings all over this small temple.
The place is not properly maintained.

Visited October 2011
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“Antiquity”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

This is an ancient temple with pairings and carvings, and in the vicinity are a group of handicrafts communities whose products are displayed for Sale.

Visited February 2012
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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“Embekke Devalaya-Historic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

The ancient carvings and constructions done with out the use of modern technology is amazing. Its not far from Kandy town. If you have your own vehicle or a hiring car, its fun to visit Ambekke and the trip from the main raod to the exact location is beautiful.

Visited November 2011
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“elaborate woodcarvings”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

Embekke Devale, famed for its elaborate woodcarvings, pillars and other structures, nestle in the Udu Nuwara. It lies close to Daulagala about eight miles from Kandy.
Enticing Wood carvings - The UNESCO has identified these marvellous but elaborate carvings on wooden pillars to be the finest products of woodcarvings to be found in any part of the world.
Many are the hoary legends that tell of the origins of this splendid devale. According to archaic documents and the epic Embekke Varnanawa composed by Delgahagoda Mudiyanse, it was built during the Gampola period of King Wickrema Bahu II (1371 AD). One of his consorts named Henakanda Biso Bandara, in association with a drummer named as Rangama, as told in a miraculous dream, is supposed to have built this Devale dedicated to God Kataragama in a superb three-storeyed building which is now no more.
The devale is in two segmented buildings, the Digge (Dancing Hall) and Drummers Hall (Hewasi Mandappaya). Among them that caught my fascination are the following ones.
The wooden capital pillars have assumed varied shapes moulded skilfully into these intricate wood carvings. The bottom square is octagonal with carvings, while its top terminates in a leaf emanating from square.
The other intricate but unique piece of woodcarvings rest on the Pecada.
worth visiting.

Visited September 2012
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