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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  • May 24, 2017
    This is a historical site. Beautiful old temple. View of up there is a must see. Very friendly staff they have - and will explain the history etc.  more »
  • January 10, 2017
    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  more »
  • December 30, 2016
    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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  • July 4, 2017
    This temple is famous for its cave temple. A sacred place. Nice quiet and calm place to meditate.
  • July 14, 2017
    Ridhi viharaya is one of the secred places in sri lanka located in kurunegala district. this place was built during the period of great king Dutugamunu in anuradhapura era. Place was famous for taking siver ore for the constructions of great sthupa ruwanweli seya
  • April 13, 2017
    Historical temple in Ridigama area. Contains cave temple and many sacred places. Can enjoy great view of around from the top of the rock.
  • June 1, 2017
    One of best archeological places in Sri Lanka.
  • February 12, 2017
    This is amazing place silent n relax

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