Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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aruna s
Colombo, Sri Lanka277 contributions
Buddhas secret place
Jul 2021 • Friends
Buddhists believe the temple is most secret place.it is very secret place for people .there is a big story regarding this temple

Written July 6, 2021
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Jaanya Gamage
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The Historic Value of Kelaniya Temple
May 2021
Kelaniya Rajamaha viharaya is one of the most sacred ancient Buddhist temple located in Kelaniya, Gampaha District, Sri Lanka. It is among the country's sixteen holiest Buddhist shrines (Solosmasthana) (Which is one of the 16 places where lord Budhda has visited)
The Kelaniya Stupa enshrined a gem-studded throne on which the Buddha sat and preached.
Lord Budhdha's second visit to Nagadeepaya, Sri Lanka was in the fifth year of enlightenment to settle a dispute between two Naga Kings, Chulodara and Mahodara over the possession of a Gem Studded throne.
After having listened to the Dhamma sermons by Buddha the Naga kings paid homage to Buddha with overwhelming faith and the throne was offered to Lord Buddha by two Naga kings.
The throne was then presented to Naga King Maniakkika- Ruler of Kelaniya by Lord Budhdha as he pleaded for a souvenir to worship. King Maniakkika in turn constructed a Cetiya (Stupa) covering the Gem studded Throne in Kelaniya for thousands of devotees to worship and invited lord Budhdha to visit the holy site.
Lord Buddha together with 500 Arahats (Supremely enlightened beings) visited Kelaniya and preached Dhamma, on Wesak Poya Day, after eighth year of enlightenment as Lord Budhdha .It was lord Buddha's third and final visit to Sri Lanka. “The sin of a life time are all rendered null, Once Kelaniya is worshiped a single time"
Written May 26, 2021
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Kai Wah
Malaysia2,777 contributions
Sacred and Cultural Sites
Feb 2020 • Couples
This place is located at a suburb of Kelaniya, where is 11km away from Colombo. We used UBER-Tuk to come here from Jami UI Alfar Mosque which saved the trouble of haggling and cost us LKR350. No entrance fee for foreigners, but we saw many local devotees here for worship and meditation. We also happened to see a blessing ceremony to a toddler done by a monk with the parents. The temple is regarded as sacred place by the locals who believed that the Lord of Buddha had visited this place. The architecture of the temple is intriguing with sculptural images. There is graffiti inside the temple that narrates the life of Buddha with famous Reclining Buddha statue inside the temple. Very interesting cultural site with intriguing architecture and history.
Written March 7, 2020
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TamarTiger
Suffolk, UK203 contributions
Fascinating but if it’s so holy why is it so FILTHY.
Feb 2020
We were taken to this temple by an over enthusiastic tuck tuck driver (never, ever, trust a tuck tuck driver) and yes, it was quite interesting but fir a place with such history and such important wall art the thing that came across was that it was totally uncared for and filthy. If the religion has all the devout followers it seems to why aren’t some of them cleaning their religious, holy places?
Written March 4, 2020
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Brenda H
Durham, UK656 contributions
Stunning Temple
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is a very beautiful temple to worship the Lord Buddha. A very sacred area and shoes must be removed of course, however they are removed before you enter the grounds which are quite extensive so do remember to wear socks as the sand and paving stones can be very very hot!
There are places around where worshippers leave flowers and gifts for the Buddha and pray. Inside the temple there is a marvellous gold sleeping Buddha covered with the finest muslin or silk. The frescos are very old and tell the story of the temple.
A very beautiful sacred place.
Written February 29, 2020
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Michael Todd Davis
20 contributions
Marginally interesting.
Jan 2020
During our 21 day trip to Sri Lanka, we saw about 15-20 temples, this one being the last on the way to the airport. Not very interesting, though the architecture was more interesting than most. Do not recommend. No western tourists, except my wife and me, and I think for good reason. A lot of paintings on the walls, but again not interesting. Locals seem to love this temple.
Written February 8, 2020
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geeta s
5 contributions
Excellent
Jan 2020
Very nice stupa and Buddha statues . Beautiful paintings all over walls and roof. A must visit. Serene atmosphere.
Written January 25, 2020
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jooooo_wan
Singapore, Singapore51 contributions
Beautiful Temple
Jan 2020
We visited this temple on a Sunday and everyone was wearing white. The place is so nice and picturesque. The attention to detail on the temple is magnificent, every elephant, baby and flamingo carving is unique. Must-visit!
Written January 13, 2020
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phait_lee
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia527 contributions
Most beautiful and serene temple
Jan 2020 • Friends
On our way back to Colombo, we swung by this temple.

It isn’t really a main tourist site but non worshippers can come to take a look.

It is said that Buddha came here in his 3rd and final visit to Sri Lanka.

The interior of the temple is simple magnificent. The paintings and the art depicted the different stories in Buddha’s life. It is the most beautiful temple I’ve ever seen.

According to our guide, the locals come here to pray and worship especially under the Bodhi Tree to ask for blessings or wishes. They will walk around the tree 7 times carrying a bucket of water. After that they will pour the water to the tree.
Written January 13, 2020
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Rajitha W
Horana, Sri Lanka10 contributions
Secred place
Nov 2019 • Family
One of the most secred place in Sri lanka.
Huge parking area in the temple premises..
Very much easy access.
There is a procession in each year.
Written November 13, 2019
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