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Kalani Raja Maha Viharaya

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Located about 06 miles away from Colombo, the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya is one of the most significant Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. The temple had been built more than 2000 years ago and contains images of reclining and preaching Buddha along with frescoes depicting incidents from his life.


The Kelaniya Vihara, received its hallowed status and became a place of Buddhist worship after Arhath (supremely enlightened) Mahinda brought the Dhamma to the island.

The other major attraction of this temple is the annually held “Duruthu Perahera”. This great pageant Perahera was first inaugurated in 1927 and has been held uninterrupted since then. "The Duruthu Perahera'' (Kelani Procession) is held on the pre - full moon day of the month of January every year and celebrated in three colorful stages.

 

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