The Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya is a Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. It is located Gampaha district and near to the city of Colombo (approximately 7km east of Colombo along the Colombo-Kandy road), Western Province in Sri Lanka.
The History of Kelaniya Temple
Kelaniya has pre-historic values and it was ruled by king of Kelani Tissa. It is believed to be the place of Gautama Buddha’s last visit to the country to quell a quarrel between two leaders of Naga. There are Chulodara and Mahodara and they were quarrelling for a jewel embedded throne. Thereafter they were indicated outcomes of their quarrel by Lord Buddha. Then the leaders converted to Buddhism and together offered the throne to the Buddha. Kelaniya Pagoda was built enshrined a gem studded throne on which the Buddha sat and preached.
The Places of images you can visit in Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya
Wall paintings of Kelani Viharaya Sri Lanka
Sculpture of Kelaniya Temple
Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya has accrued a famous because of the beautiful wall paintings and sculptures. This same designs has done by artist of Solias Mendis and these show various events in the Buddhist historic of Sri Lanka.
Inside of Kelaniya Temple
Kelaniya Duruthu Maha Perahera
Duruthu Maha Perahera of Kelaniya is seen by Buddhists in the month of January every year. It is a very famous and attractive pageant in Sri Lanka and it starts at about 8 in the evening at the Kelaniya Temple. This Perahera is consisted of elephants, dancers, firemans, crackers of whip, flag holders,trumpeters.
The Places you can visit surrounding of Kelaniya
University of Kelaniya Sri Lanka
The University of Kelaniya is situated near the Colombo-Kandy Main Road in Kelaniya. It is a state university of Sri Lanka and it has six faculties and four institutions. In 1875 the university of Kelaniya was founded as a Vidyalankara Pirivena by Ratmalane Sri Dharmaloka Thera.
Sri Dharmaloka College
Sri Dharmaloka College was located close to the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya.
Kelani river is concerned as one of the main river in Sri Lanka and it originates from the Sri Pada mountain range flows through the valley of Kelaniya into the ocean in Colombo. Kelani river is a source for hydropower generation, irrigation and fisheries.