Kande Viharaya, Aluthgama

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  • It's a famous Buddhist temple in Aluthgama. Located in a mountain hill on the way to down south of Sri Lanka and that's why this viharaya got that name. There's huge Buddha statue which newly build an...  more »
  • a beautiful temple located on a small mountain. one of the largest buddha statue is in here. people from all around the country comes here and well know temple in Sri Lanka. it is about 5 minutes driv...  more »
  • A beautiful temple complex with little tourists. You almost feel out of place if you don't know the religious customs. For us, it was a wonderful experience. A donation instead of entrance fee is attached. The temple is seaside of Eden to reach resort.
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  • There is a beautiful elephant waiting for you. It's a huge Pagoda. What a nice place and what a nice construction.
  • People are very co-operative. Anyone can enter to this Temple. Most Valuable place in srilanka. As a Traveller this place is very useful.
  • In the middle of Dharga town I am flattered to have this temple so glamorous.
  • Nice local temple with a huge post-tsunami Buddha statue. Easy to reach via tuk-tuk from Bentota and surroundings and great for a 1h visit.
  • Kande Vihara (Sinhalaː කන්දේ විහාරය) is a major Buddhist temple in Kalutara District, Sri Lanka. The temple has got its name 'Kande vihara' (Mountain temple) as it is built on top of a hill[2] located near to Aluthgama town. The temple has been formally recognised by the Government as an archaeological site in Sri Lanka. History The temple was founded by ven. Karapagala Dewamitta thero in 1734,[3] under the guidance of ven. Udugama Chandrasara thero who was then chief incumbent of Galapatha Raja Maha Vihara and a pupil of ven. Weliwita Sri Saranankara Thero. Since then the temple was renovated and developed time to time under state patronage that lead the temple to become a major Buddhist shrine in the country. In 1904 the Kshethrarama Pirivena, an educational institution for monks, was attached to the temple as a result of the efforts done by Ven. Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Thero.[4] The pirivena acts as a center for Buddhist education in the country, is also conducted by the Kande Vihara. The image house, Stupa and the sacred Bodhi tree with its enclosing octagonal shaped wall are considered as very old monuments in the temple. The Bodhi tree is believed to be more than 300 years old.[5] The large Stupa of the temple which was erected in 1935, has been constructed as enclosing a small sized Stupa, constructed by Ven. Udugama Chandrasara Thero in 1783.[6] In 2002, a foundation stone for a gigantic Samadhi Buddha statue depicting the Bhoomisparsha Mudra was laid in the temple premises and the completed statue was open to the public in 2007, making the temple more popular among the local devotees. The statue is 48.8 m (160 ft)[7] in height and considered as one of tallest sitting Buddha statues in the world.

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