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Travel Guide To Kelaniya Temple
This is a travel note I have been wanting to write for a long time about the Kelani Temple which has been most revered, noticed and worshiped not only by local visitors but also by many foreigners.
Travel Story by Sewwandi Dassanayaka. Regular writer to Happy Tour To Sri Lanka.
Spending a little time in the temple premises looking at the historical Buddhist statues ,building and paintings is a best opportunity to experience a little time away from busiest city life ..so I think this post will be important for everyone who wants to visit this place.
First of all, if you want to worship and visit the Kelani Vihara without any hassle, it is better to avoid the Poya day and weekends. The reason is that on the Poya day and weekends the temple is full of people from all over the country, but on any given day, this land is open to us.
In train ,Starting from the Fort Railway Station, the next stop is Maradana railway station , Dematagota and then it is Kelaniya. After getting down at Kelaniya Station ,walk hundred meters to the Pugoda-Colombo road.From there you can take a bus to Kelaniya.
The bus route numbers are 135/226/224/225/228/230. You can use any of these buses. From there a ticket of around Rs. 20 is charged.
Also, if you want, you can take a taxi from the Kelaniya Railway Station and get off at the Kelaniya Temple in about 15 minutes.
As you enter through the large gate in front of the temple, there are flower shops on both sides of the road. In almost every shop, you can buy everything you need for worship, including lotus flowers, incense sticks, lanterns and lamps.
Next you will find the stairs leading to the temple..we can take off our shoes and hand over to the small stall on the way up the stairs.They keep your shoes for a small charge like 0.40 dollars.Click to see exchange rate
Beyond that you can see the Bho tree on the right and the Dagoba (Pagoda) on the left and the Buddha House in the middle. The temple grounds are surrounded by a row of beautiful Na trees and it feels really cool under those trees.
Another special place is the Buddha Mandir, also known as the ‘Budhu Medhura’. There is a large and beautiful sleeping statue of the Lord Buddha in it.
The paintings in the Image House are unimaginably artistic. In between..they look very different from other paintings.There is no doubt that the paintings in this Buddha Temple will naturally attract the attention of everyone from home and abroad.
If we go on a day other than Poya day we can see all of them freely, as there is not a big crowd on weekdays.
Due to the huge “Chaitya”,Next to the Image House, the temple grounds are amazingly beautiful. Bhikkus, monks, lay people and meditators from all over the world can be seen regularly around this dagoba.
It is also a Sunday Dhamma School held at the Kelani Temple.
In addition to this, the last place anyone who comes to worship the Kelani Temple is on the banks of the Kelani River which flows behind the temple..it is a really beautiful place.
The Kelani River is one of the four main rivers in Sri Lanka.There are vendors selling things like ice cream and pickles..so everyone is accustomed to sitting under the shade of a tree on the banks of the Kelani River and taking pictures.
On some days, there is a boat to go round the river. It costs a small fee and also a wonderful experience. .! But it’s hard to see that boat every day.
Therefore, Kelaniya is a place of worship with a beautiful environment of great historical value. It is mentioned in our history that Kelaniya was visited during the second visit of the Supreme Buddha to Sri Lanka. There is a saying from the distant past that all sins will be wiped out if you worship Kelaniya one time.
However, the only thing that needs to be said in the end is that the Kelani Temple is a place worth visiting at least once in our lifetime ….. !!!
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