Kataragama Temple, Kataragama

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#2 of 9 in Historic Sites in Uva Province
Rich in history, Kataragama Temple stands on ground that has been considered hallowed for around 2,500 years--said to have been consecrated by Gautama Buddha himself. The site ranks among the few revered by a multitude of religions, including Buddhists, Hindus, Moors, and Veddas. Tour the collection of humble stone shrines, which remain as originally constructed. Look for the shrine devoted to Skanda-Murugan, containing a drawing of the deity's capabilities, and the tree said to have grown from a sapling of the revered Anuradhapura Bo tree. Be prepared of a bit of a walk to the temples, as vehicles cannot approach beyond the gate. You'll need to take off your shoes, so bring socks to protect your feet from the hot ground. See Kataragama Temple and all Kataragama has to offer by arranging your trip with our Kataragama route planner .
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  • For every situation, this large temple complex has the right shrine. In the first moment we were overwhelmed by the colour splendor. With our guide Nino, today's visit what a great experience. The practicing Buddhist has brought US closer to the subtleties of the individual shrine. It is what is impressive to see that the pilgrims were very pleased that we were interested in their culture and religion. They even let US participate in their ritual meal. A very impressive gesture. The regional specialties on the market in front of the temple are so excellent. Partly of so actually homemade. Here we bought fruit jelly for home. This large temple complex has the appropriate shrine for any concern. In the first moment, we were almost overwhelmed by the colours. With our guide Nino, the today's visit was a great experience. The practicing Buddhist closer us the finer points of the various shrines. It was impressive to see that the pilgrims have pleased very happy, that we care about their culture and religion. You have let us take part in their ritual time. A very impressive gesture. The regional specialty stalls at the market before are also excellent. Actually homemade part. Here we have fruit jelly at home bought for.
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  • Will that we lived in Indonesia, will be that this waste of fruit left me puzzled (bins full of good food) but this place more than religious is a collection of absurd beliefs that border on superstition. See for charity but nothing to do either with true Hinduism Buddhism.
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  • Very inspiring to see temples from many religions/philosophies standing so close to each other and people activly using them in high numbers. Perfect for just a day visit though, not many activities a...  more »

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