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Ridi Vihara, Kurunegala

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Ridi Viharaya or Silver Temple is a 2nd-century BCE Theravada Buddhist temple in the village of Ridigama, Sri Lanka. Built during the reign of Dutthagamani of Anuradhapura, the temple is considered as the place where the silver ore, which provided silver to complete Ruwanwelisaya; one of the largest stupa in Sri Lanka, was discovered. According to the chronicles Mahavamsa and Thupavamsa, the Ridi Viharaya complex was built in gratitude for helping him cherish his dream of completing Ruwanwelisaya.LocationApproximately 18 kilometres northeast of Kurunegala, Ridi Viharaya is located in the city of Ridigama. Kurunegala is located 94 kilometres northeast of Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. The temple is approximately 10 kilometres from Ibbagamuwa, in the A6 highway, which connects Kurunegala and Dambulla.HistoryDutthagamani of Anuradhapura, a Sinhalese king of ancient Sri Lanka, known for his campaign that defeated and overthrowed the usurping Tamil prince Elara of Chola Kingdom, reigned from 161 BCE to 137 BCE in the Anuradhapura Kingdom. Upon his victory over Elara, he initiated construction of Ruwanwelisaya, also known as the "Great Stupa", one of the tallest monuments built before the 20th century. Among other materials, silver was required for the basement of the stupa.
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  • Not many tourists on the day we visited / not sure why because the statues & carvings in the cave are amazing. This place also has a long history & is worthwhile pausing for a quiet sit 
  • This very beautiful Temple, in my opinion, is required to visit if you are in the surrounding area. He has a great story. There are a lot of interesting things that can tell local guides (or guides)
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  • "Ridi" means silver in Sinhala; Silver needed to build Ruwanwelisaya in Anuradapura, which is a large Buddhist temple was apparently sent from here. And one of the drawings in the caves is the only dr...  more »
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  • Ruwanmali maha saaya got required Silver from here
  • This temple is believed to be the place that supplied silver ore needed in constructing the Ruwanweli seya. King Dutugemunu as a gratitude for the support given in building the stupa has constructed this vihara complex.
  • An ancient temple with rich history. Also known as the silver temple for it beautiful craftsmanship of its unique architecture.
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  • Ridi Viharaya has a long history which is dated back in Anuradapura Kingdom time. This temple was done by King Dutugemunu, who ruled Sri Lanka from 161 BC to 137 BC.