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Sri Vishnu Maha Devalaya, Dondra

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  • This is the main devalya of Lord Wishnu. Also you find more small devalas at the premises. This place is a very sacred place. 
  • The magnificent temple, there are a couple of elephants, though bound. On the territory of the walk only barefoot, that will not affect the impression from this place. I really enjoyed
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  • At this site you can find several religious buildings, a park where at my visit there were two elphants also, a huge Buddha statue, as well. Nice place for meditation, praying, relaxing. 
  • 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.
  • A very spiritual place. Try to avoid the mid sun as it can get very hot. Please remember to cover your shoulders and knees and remove your shoes to show respect.
  • 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.
  • Very famous place
  • මාතර දෙවිනුවර ඓතිහාසික ශ්‍රී උත්පලවන්න විෂ්ණු මහා දේවාලයේ ඇසළ පෙරහැර ජුලි මස 2-3 වන සතිය අතර ආරම්භ කෙරේ. පුරා සතියක කාලයක් පේළි පෙරහැර පැවැත්වෙන අතර ඉතා උත්කර්ෂවත් අයුරින් රන්දෝලි මහා පෙරහැර වීථි සංචාරය කෙරේ. අලි ඇතුන් සහිතව පැවැත්වෙන රන්දෝලි පෙරහැර සඳහා නර්තන කණ්ඩායම් සියයකට අධික ප්‍රමාණයක් සහභාගි වෙති. ක්‍රිස්තු වර්ෂ 1257 දී ආරම්භ කරන ලද දෙවිනුවර ඇසළ පෙරහැර මංගල්‍ය වසර 755ක් පුරා පවත්වා ඇති අතර මෙවර පැවැත්වෙන්නේ 756වන පෙරහැර මංගල්‍යයි. සතියක් පුරා සල්පිල පැවැත්වෙන අතර ගිනි පාගා පසුදින උදෑසන දේවදානයෙන් අනතුරුව ඇසළ උත්සවයේ කටයුතු නිමා වේ.
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