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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wesak

The beginnings of Vesak in Sri Lanka

via iphone

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Kande Viharaya Temple at Aluthgama (Sri Lanka)

 

Hi everyone =) I’m back to my blog after a long and well-earned rest ;)


I want to wish all of you a wonderful, prosperous and peaceful New Year 2013!!

This post is about the latest (itsy bitsy) outing the family went on last year. “Outings” are getting to be a rather “difficult” word in our home now, with our daughter’s birth… Anyway here goes…


Last 28th December 2012, my family went to the Kanda Viharaya (Temple) at Kaluwamodara, Aluthgama. Kande Viharaya is an old and historical religious site in Sri Lanka, where thousands of Buddhist (and non-Buddhist) devotees flock daily to make and fulfill vows as well as make religious observances. The temple is known for its serene atmosphere and natural habitat as well as the beautiful frescos and paintings that adorn many of its buildings.

A little bit of history –

The temple is so called because it is a temple or “Viharaya” situated on top of a hill or "Kanda" in Sinhala. It is also known as the "Aluthgama Kande Viharaya" or "Bentota Kande Viharaya" because of its close proximity to the towns of Aluthgama & Bentota.

There is also nine devalas including four “Maha Devala” within the temple premises, out of which the Vishnu and Paththini Devala are well – known among devotees. Women who are not blessed with children come to the Paththini Devala expecting their dreams to come true and many people come to the Vishnu Devala seeking relief for their problems. Farmers bring their first harvest to the temple and to be blessed by the gods.

Kande Viharaya does not hold any religious processions or “perahera”. The temple is open to devotees from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Kande Viharaya belongs to the Theravada Nikaya and was founded by Venerable Karapagala Dewamitta Thero, back in 1734. Now, under the patronage of the Chief Incumbent the Ven. Batuwanhene Sri Buddharakkitha Thero, Kande Viharaya continues to be a vital link in the socio cultural & religious activities in the country.


In the premises you will find

  • The tallest sitting Buddha statue that was constructed within the shortest time
  • Nine devalas dedicated to Godd Vishnu, Kataragama, Saman, Paththini, Ishwara, Sooniyam, Gana, Kaali and Senasuru Deviyo
  • The "Kshethrarama Pirivena" founded by the Ven. Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Thero in 1904 which acts as a vital centre in Buddhist education in the country.
  • Sri Saranatissa Memorial Library
  • Three-storeyed Bhikkhu hostel
  • Two-storeyed resting place
  • A spacious hall to prepare pooja
  • Bodhighara with a golden fence around the Bo-tree
  • Special frescos and paintings can be found in the underground hall under the sitting Buddha image, which have been done in memory of victims of the tsunami


How to get there


Coordinates:   6°26'57"N   80°0'0"E
Nearby cities: Kalutara, Panadura, Homagama





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Route
The easiest route now is by the Southern Expressway. With new found technology these days, all you have to do is type in the coordinates or location in your GPS and it’s really easy  =) 

 
You can read more details on the history of Kande Viharya at http://amazinglanka.com/heritage/kande_vihara/kande_vihara.php



Drop me a mail or comment if you need specific instructions  =)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Adisham and Strawberries...


A visit to the beautiful and quaint bungalow at Adisham ... 

.... a walk among charming statutes in the garden ...  

 ... strawberries....
 ... and delectable jam...
This was in April.

Adisham is a beautiful little monastry run by the Catholic monks. They make jam, sauces, and a variety of other foods from fruits like strawberries, guava, mango and woodapples grown in the monastry garden.

Set beneath mist-rolling mountains, Adisham is a definite must, when you visit Sri Lanka.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Shut-eye at the beach

At the Dehiwela beach ....  

... hulabuloo at the beach ...

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Kite-surfing off Negombo beach

Kitesurfing has become the newest rage in extreme water-surface sports in Sri Lanka.


Obviously, the clear weather, blue skies and huge waves are all great crowd and confidence boosters

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Paasikuda seems so alive....


One of the three dogs at the house where we stayed at Passikuda.

At Paasikuda beach

We visited Paasikuda last April.
It is one of the prettiest and most calm beaches in Sri Lanka. The waters are not too deep nor too rough....
 
Paasikuda means Green-Algae-Bay. It is a coastal resort which is situated 35 kilometers North West of Batticaloa. We found a really nice and cost effective place to stay the night. Let me know if you want any details...
 
The food was marvellous with delectable flavours that only home cooking can bring you... I will post more photos soon..
 


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