The magnificent Gangaramaya Temple in Sri Lanka capital Colombo ‘a major tourist highlight and must visit’

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The magnificent Gangaramaya Temple in Sri Lanka capital Colombo ‘a major tourist highlight and must visit’

 

The magnificent Gangaramaya Temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital city, is one of the oldest on the island and a magnet for tourists.

As Pakistani blogger Asma writes on Holiday Done Right, “its a huge temple with every inch of it covered in statues of Buddhist, Hindu and Chinese deities and gods.

“The most striking part of it was the colossal statue of Lord Buddha in the Viharaya section of the temple … and one of the major highlights of my trip to Sri Lanka.”

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Says the Lonely Planet guide: “This bustling temple complex has a library, a museum and an extraordinarily eclectic array of bejewelled and gilded gifts presented by devotees and well-wishers over the years.

“Gangaramaya is the focus of the Navam Perahera on the February poya (full moon) day each year. This is the centre for the most extravagant Vesak celebrations in Colombo.”

Adds Asma: “Although Sri Lanka is full of immaculately maintained historic churches and both Hindu and Buddhist temples in all of its cities … this temple is a major highlight and a must visit.

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The temple has an assembly hall for monks, a hair relic in the relic chamber, the Bodhi tree located in the center of the temple.

It is said that the sapling of this tree was brought from the sacred Bo Tree in Anuradhapura and Bo Tree is sacred because it is under this tree that Buddha attained Nirvana).

Meanwhile, “the taxidermy of an actual elephant in the museum located inside the temple and the Atavisi Buddha Pooja Hall with statues of 28 Buddhas”.

Read more here.

 

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