The Gangaramaya Temple is a unique blend of architecture and culture and a place for Buddhist learning and worship. It also effectively takes part in social welfare. It was built first in the 19th century and started by the famous scholar-monk Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Nayaka Thera. The temple is a unique blend of architectural styles from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Chinese and India.
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara is a Buddhist temple built in the 5th century. It is believed to have been visited by the Buddha on his third visit to the country along with 500 monks after the enlightenment of 8 years, back in 500 BCE. The temple holds the heritage designation of an Archaeological Protected Monument in Sri Lanka ever since 2007 thus holds great historical importance not only to Buddhists but also for all Sri Lankans. I
Built-in 1916, Isipathanaramaya Temple in Havelock Town is one of the oldest Buddhist Temples in Colombo. This temple in Sri Lanka is widely famous for its exuberant murals painted by Maligawe Sarlis and its melancholic backstory. A wealthy merchant Duenuge Disan Pedris commissioned it in memory of his son Henry Pedris who was executed by the British officials wrongfully. Recently, a 12-meter tall statue of Buddha was erected at the site.
Probably among the most famous Buddhist Temples in the world, Vajiraramaya Temple established in 1901 by Pelene Sri Vajiraramaya Maha Nayaka Thera is known for its resident monks from all over the world and their alumni who are now in different parts of the world. This temple in Sri Lanka plays a huge role in educating the youth on the principles of Buddhism.
The oldest Hindu Temple in Colombo, Sri Kailawasanathan Swami Devasthanam is a skillfully architected temple devoted to Lord Ganesha and Shiva. it also has idols of other Gods and Goddesses from the hindu religion. It was built by Indians during the 18th century and is a sight for many matrimonial ceremonies for the Tamil Hindus that currently reside in the country.
A temple entirely built of granite in the heart of Colombo, Sri Ponnambalam Vanesar Kovil mesmerizes the masses with its intricate carvings and designs. People from all over the world, including locals alike, flock to this temple to pray and sit in the presence of the divine. Cameras are banned inside the premises, but it is still among one of the must-visit places in Sri Lanka.
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