The Sacred Buddhist Temples In Sri Lanka


Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy

Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Wikipedia

Kandy Esala Perahera

According to the Buddhist Literature unveils that the historical "Kanday Dalada Perahera" festivities held in great honor of Lord Buddha. The cultural extravaganza really pageant which displays traditional value of the Sinhals culture and customs.

Malwathu Maha Viharaya

Buddhist monastery located in Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is the neave center of the Malwatta chapter of Siyam Nikaya. Malwatta temple is one of the two Buddhist monasteries that holds the custodianship of sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha kept in Sri Dalada Maligawa, Kandy. This temple is believed to be built in late 15th century or in early 16th century.


Asgiri Maha Viharaya

Buddhist monastery located in Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is the neave center of the Asgiriya chapter of Siyam Nikaya. Asgiriya temple is one of the two Buddhist monasteries that holds the custodianship of sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha kept in Sri Dalada Maligawa, Kandy. This temple is also believed to be built in the late 15th century


Atamasthana

Atamasthana or Eight sacred places are a series of locations in Sri Lanka where the Buddha had visited during his three visits to the country. The sacred places are known as Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya, Ruwanwelisaya, Thuparamaya, Lovamahapaya, Abhayagiri Dagaba, Jetavanarama, Mirisaveti Stupa and Lankarama. Wikipedia

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya

Lord Gautama Buddha is considered as the Greatest Human Being appeared on earth. The esteemed one achieved the eternal bliss of Samma Sambodhi or the Enlightenment, ending the continuous circle of Samsara, the existence. This wonderful event took place 2600 years ago seated with his back against under an Esathu tree by the river Neranjana in the Bodhgaya, India. As the ascetic Siddhartha attained the Sambodhi Gnana under the shade of the Esathu tree, this highly venerated tree came to be known as the ‘Bodhi’.

The southern branch of this sacred tree in Bodhgaya was ceremoniously brought to Sri Lanka by Arahant Sanghamitta MahaTheree in 236 BC, with the patronage of Emperor Dharmasoka. King Devanampiyatissa planted this Bodhi tree in his Royal Park ‘Maha Meghavana Udyanaya’ in Anuradhapura, under the guidance of Arahant Mihindu Maha Thero. Since then, this highly sacred Bodhi comparable to the living Buddha dwells there shining with glory. The Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi of Anuradhapura is the oldest living tree of the whole world with a written history.

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Ruwanwelisaya

The Ruwanwelisaya is a stupa and a hemispherical structure containing relics, in Sri Lanka, considered sacred to many Buddhists all over the world. It was built by King Dutugemunu 137 B.C., who became King of all Sri Lanka. It is also known as "Swarnamali Chaitya" and two quarts or one Drona of the Gothama Buddha's relics are enshrined in the stupa, which is the largest collection of his relics anywhere. The stupa was a ruin in the 19th century.and was renovated in the early 20th century.


Thuparamaya

Thuparamaya is the first Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. Located in the sacred area of Mahamewna park, the Thuparamaya Stupa is the earliest Dagoba to be constructed in the island, "Stupa" containing the sacred right clavicle relic of the Lord Buddha, built by King Devanampiyatissa in 236 BC. Wikipedia.

Lovamahapaya

Lovamahapaya is a building situated between Ruwanweliseya and Sri Mahabodiya in the ancient city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.The nine story 'Uposatahagara' (chapter house) of the Mahaviharaya Built by King Dutugemunu in 167-137 BC. It is also known as the Brazen Palace or Lohaprasadaya because the roof was covered with bronze tiles. In ancient times, Wikipedia.


Abhayagiri Dagaba

Abhayagiri Vihāra was a major monastery site of Mahayana, Theravada and Vajrayana Buddhism that was situated in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. Built upon a sacred foot print of the Lord Buddha in 89-77 BC by King Walagamba. Contains Lord.Buddha's sacred relics.It is one of the most extensive ruins in the world and one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage cities in the nation. Wikipedia

Jetavanarama Dagaba

The Jetavanaramaya is a stupa, or Buddhist reliquary monument, located in the ruins of Jetavana monastery in the world heritage city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. Built in 276-303 BC.by King Mahasen containing a part of Lord Buddha's 'Pati Dhathu' (belt) and other sacred relics.At 122 meters it was the world's tallest stupa and the third tallest structure in the world when it was built. Wikipedia


Mirisaveti Stupa

Built by King Dutugemunu in 161 BC enshrining the king's sceptre and the sacred relics of the Lord Buddha.

Lankarama

Built in 89-77 BC.by King Walagamba containing a part of Lord Buddha's 'Pati Dhathu' (belt) and other sacred relics.