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Sri Vishnu Maha Devalaya, Dondra

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  • Devundara( Dondra Vishnu Devalaya is the most revered Vishnu Devalaya in the country. It's also called "Upulwan"Devalaya another name for Vishnu in Sinhala A perehara similar to Kandy Perehra is condu...  more »
  • There are a few buildings, high stone statue of Buddha, a small park-this is all nice, but then unfortunately you'll see the sad sight of the elephant, as a tourists attraction for serving inextricably tied. At the time of the visit there was the second elephant, who has just completed the cleanup in a small tank with water-I believe, however, that his destiny is exactly the same. The feeling of the beautiful sacred places zakalil the impression that by limiting the movement of elephants suffer.
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  • It's an authentic place, several temples and places of prayers. A park right next door, you can get close to three elephants, unfortunately, attached.
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  • Religious place with historical and archeological value. Annual Perahara is conducted during Kataragama festival season _July /August - and it is very popular among locals.
  • Sri Lankan having strong believe about this place the lord Vishnu is living and blessing for the world.
  • Good place when start the season (July - August every year ) there is a huge crowd and you should take care of valuable things because rubbers are here
  • The famous abode of Lord Vishnu is a cultural religious and archeological hotspot in southern Sri Lanka. The Temple Procession that takes place during the month of July is a sight to behold.
  • First constructed by King Dappula I of Ruhuna..According to a popular legend the god Uthpalawarna(Sri Vishnu) has transfigured to a Sandalwood piece and was floated to the shore of the town Dondra.King Dappula was informed about that auspicious arrival in a dream the night before.So he welcome the Sandalwood piece and carved god's image out of it and then ceremonially placed the statue in Kadhiralli vihara.As Dondra was an important port in oceanic Silk road the Uthpalawarna temple too became famous among people throught the world.The Arabian traveller Ibn Batuta has described that there were 500 Brahmins that had worked for the temple.Histotorical Chinese admiral Sheng He has offered Gold,Silver,Silk,Incense,Candles and valueble Brasslamps for the temple.During fifteens numerous poems were written to get blessings of god Uthpalawarna, like Mayura Sandeshaya(letter of peafowl),Paravi Sandeshaya(letter of Pigeon),Thisara Sandeshaya (letter of swan) and Kokila Sandeshaya(letter of cokoo).Historically temple of Uthpalawarna was a colossal building there were nearly 2000 granite pillars supporting the Mandapa of the shrine.But Portugese later destroyed the original temple.Present day temple was build in 19th centuary.The God of the shrine was called Uthpalawarna or Upulwan, which means blue lotus coloured.Upulwan is described as a Bodhisattava (the future buddha) in the above described "Sandesha" poems.He is also the protector of Buddhism and SriLanka alike. Uthpalawarna is a destroyer of Asura.According to many kinds of prayers sung in this temple we can identify this god with Rama avatar of Sri Vishnu.And also protecting earth and Dharma which are appointed with Vishnu are also duties of Uthpalawarna. Bosath Narayana is anoter name for Upulvan and narayana is the supreme form of Sri Vishnu.That's why Uthpalawarna is SriVishnu Narayana. May Uthpalawarna Sri Vishnu Bless you!!! Read the other review by Roshan Indika to know about the annual Esala festival of Uthpalawarna Sri Vishnu Devalaya.