Founded in 1734, the temple has been an important site for Sri Lankan Buddhism. Topped by one of the tallest sitting Buddha statues in the world, this truly amazing hilltop temple houses a library, museum, and figures of Sri Lanka's past kings. There's also a Bodhi Tree, thought to be more than 300 years old, and a beautiful stone moonstone, a classic feature of architecture first seen in Sri Lanka's Anuradhapura Kingdom.
It is not news that temples are attractions, owing to the beauty, culture, history and sacredness they embody. In this article, you will learn about some of the amazing temples in Sri Lanka, a beautiful country in South Asia. These temples are so amazing, you might have to add them to your bucket list, plus Sri Lanka is quite a city to explore!
1. Kande Viharaya Temple, Beruwala, Sri Lanka -
2. Dambulla Royal Cave Temple and Golden Temple, Dambulla, Sri Lanka -
It is also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla; it is recognized as a World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka and situated in the central part of the country. Dambulla, the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka, towers 160 m over the surrounding plains. Also, a sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries and a monastery, the Buddhist mural paintings and statues in this temple are of great importance.
Address:Kandy - Jaffna Hwy, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 662 283 605
3. Seema Malakaya, Colombo, Sri Lanka -
In Colombo's heart, Seema Malakaya is another Buddhist temple and is mainly used for meditation and rest rather than for worship. Situated in Beira Lake, the temple is a part of the Gangaramaya Temple and is situated a few hundred meters to its east. Seema Malakaya also serves as an assembly hall for monks at the Gangaramaya Temple.
4. Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo, Sri Lanka -
One of the oldest and most important Buddhist temples in Colombo, Gangaramaya Temple, is famous for its mix of modern architecture and cultural essence. Completed in the late 19th century, the temple is also known for the tranquillity and serenity of its surroundings and atmosphere. The intriguingly beautiful architecture and intricate carvings that mark the majestic entrance to the temple are some of the highlights of the Gangaramaya Temple.
5. Koneswaram Kovil, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka -
Surrounded by surreal scenery, this ancient temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva sits on a spectacular promontory overlooking one of the world's largest natural harbour and home to blue whales. The colourful Koneswaram temple, one of the five "Pancha Ishwarams" (abodes of Shiva) and a religious pilgrim centre, is on the east coast of Sri Lanka.
6. Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil, Jaffna, Sri Lanka -
Situated about 3km from Jaffna town, this temple is located at Nallur in the northern province of the country. One of the most significant kovils (Hindu temple) in Sri Lanka, the presiding deity, is Lord Murugan, the god of love, war and beauty. The temple embodies a kind of peace that can only be felt in the most divine of places.
7. Temple of the Tooth, Kandy, Sri Lanka -
Also called Sri Dalada Maligawa, this Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. During puja (offerings or prayers), the heavily guarded room housing the tooth is open to devotees and tourists.
However, you don't see the tooth as It's kept in a gold casket shaped like a dagoba (stupa), which also contains a series of six dagoba caskets of diminishing size. As well as the revered main temple, the complex includes a series of smaller temples, shrines, and museums.
8. Sri Muthumari Amman Kovil - Matale, Matale, Sri Lanka -
Muthumariamman Temple or Arulmigu Sri Muthumari Amman Kovil is another Hindu temple located in Matale. The temple, which is dedicated to Mariamman, the goddess of rain and fertility, has its main religious festivals, including the temple's chariot festival, celebrated during February or March.
Address:608, Sri Mutthu Maryamman Devastanam, 16A Trincomalee Street, Matale, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 662 222 481
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Muthumariamman_Temple ,_Matale
9. Sri Munneswaram Devasthanam, Halāvata, Sri Lanka -
An important regional Hindu temple complex in the country, the Munneswaram temple, has been in existence at least since 1000 CE. Although myths surrounding the temple associate it with the popular Indian epic Ramayana, and its legendary hero-king Rama, the temple is one of the abodes of Shiva.
The main festivals celebrated at the temple include Navratri and Sivarathri; there is also the Munneswaram Annual Festival.