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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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  • "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 »
  • Bit out of the main road but still within reach when travelling towards the ancient cities of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya or Dambulla, this cave temple on hilly terrain is worth the visit. Ser...  more »
  • RIDI Vihara is a Buddhist temple dating from the second century B.c. located near the village of Ridigama. Is a complex of temples of different eras, with wall paintings and Buddhist sculptures of discrete. We reached from Matale, North of Kandy, taking a bus to Dambulla which dropped us at the Palapathwela Junction, where we then hopped on another bus to Kurunegala which, on recommendation of the driver, went down just before Ridigama and took a tuk tuk to the temple. The second is by bus was slow, due to the winding road but mainly because of the ongoing work, which at the time occupied much of the way, forcing the alternate one-way in several places. The temple is not bad, similar to many other Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka, but it is worth going there if only because it is a bit out of the way and so is little visited and fun to reach, at least for those who like a little close intrigue to your destination. Upon returning, instead of redoing the long and winding road made the outward journey, we preferred to go to Kurunegala and from there take a bus to Kandy. In fact we extended it a little but it took less time.
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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.
  • an ancient place sri lanka
  • 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.