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Kelaniya Ancient Temple

August 28, 2010

One of the most sacred Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka is the Kelaniya Ancient Temple,which stands majestically in the heart of

Kelaniya,facing the Kelani River.It is only 11km from Colombo.The annual perahera or the Duruthu perahera of the Kelaniya temple is held in January.

It is said,that Lord Buddha’s third visit to Sri Lanka was to

Kelaniya,following an invitation by a Naga king named Maniakkikha over 2500 years ago to settle a dispute between Chulodara and Mahodara over a gem studded chair.On his arrival King Maniakkikha offered the gem studded chair to Lord Buddha to preach the damma seated on it.Later King Maniakkikha constructed a dagoba or a pagoda which has taken the shape of a heap of paddy,whereas,the other dagobas in Sri Lanka take the shape of a bell or a bubble.The gem studded chair is believed to be enshrined in this dagoba.

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