Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, Colombo

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Enjoy the spiritual atmosphere at Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, a Buddhist temple near Colombo. Buddha himself reputedly visited the original temple during his third trip to Sri Lanka (thus dating it to before 500 BCE). Destroyed several times during its turbulent history, notably by Indian invaders and the Portuguese, the temple was restored in the 18th century by the Dutch. Explore the complex and immerse yourself in the rich history and calm ambience. Step inside the quiet interior to see the numerous paintings and statues that depict the life of Buddha. Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Colombo Edition.
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  • t is believed that Kelaniya is the place from where King Vibeeshana ruled after being crowned by Lakshmana. As Lord Rama was in exile for 14 years, could not take part in any coronation ceremony, depu...  more »
  • The experience at Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara was very satisfying. Brilliant sculptures and lovely wall paintings took the breath away !  more »
  • nice to visit and Historical temple in Sri Lanka, you can see the arts in this temple, if you came to Sri Lanka please don't forget  more »
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  • Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya is one of place with great historical value. This temple is crowded with Buddhists as well as tourists and others all over the day. It is a one of best places to bring peace to your mind.
  • There is a saying among Buddhists "'උපන් දා සිට කරපු පවු නැත, වරක් වැන්දොත් කැළණියේ'". This doesn't mean that your sins will wash off if you visit Kelaniya Temple only once. But you must visit this place at least once in your life time. Because it will calm your mind & your soul.
  • Great temple. Although there are lot of people throughout the day, the place is still calm and serene.
  • Very calm place to worship and meditate. There are ancient buildings and world famous paintings. Ample parking available for free of charge .
  • Spiritual place of Lord Buddha. One should not miss. The paintings are superb.
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