Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, Colombo

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Enjoy the spiritual atmosphere at Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, a Buddhist temple near Colombo. Buddha himself reputedly visited the original temple during his third trip to Sri Lanka (thus dating it to before 500 BCE). Destroyed several times during its turbulent history, notably by Indian invaders and the Portuguese, the temple was restored in the 18th century by the Dutch. Explore the complex and immerse yourself in the rich history and calm ambience. Step inside the quiet interior to see the numerous paintings and statues that depict the life of Buddha. Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Colombo Edition.
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  • Barefoot, the sand was burning and only to see it on the outside. Honestly, it's not worth slashering your feet for what you see, which you can see without entering the compound.
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  • Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya is one of place with great historical value. This temple is crowded with Buddhists as well as tourists and others all over the day. It is a one of best places to bring peace to your mind.
  • There is a saying among Buddhists "'උපන් දා සිට කරපු පවු නැත, වරක් වැන්දොත් කැළණියේ'". This doesn't mean that your sins will wash off if you visit Kelaniya Temple only once. But you must visit this place at least once in your life time. Because it will calm your mind & your soul.
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