Kelaniya : where life meets religion…

Sri Lanka is one of the oldest surviving Buddhist countries where 70% of its population are Buddhists. Kelaniya, a suburb about 10km away from Colombo is known for the buddhist temple built on the banks of kelani river and holds a significant place in the life of any Buddhist. It is believed that Buddha had visited Kelaniya and therefore it is said that all your sins will be washed away if you visit and worship the Kelaniya Temple at least once in your lifetime (of course it is just a saying but it just shows how much importance the temple holds).

For me Kelaniya resembles two things. My family, as I grew up in Kelaniya and the Kelaniya Temple. I am not a diehard Buddhist but still I grew up having a special place in my heart for the temple. I love visiting it every time I come down.  To go there in the evening and sit in a corner away from the crowds, gazing at the massive ‘dagaba’ or just soaking up the atmosphere where everyone is quiet and dressed in white with colourful flowers in hand is an experience in itself.

It is not special only for religious purposes but because for me nothing can beat the amazing architecture, the calmness you feel when you enter the temple grounds, and the sound of the bo leaves when the wind blows or the colours… yellow & red hues from monks’ ‘sivuru’, green bo leaves, soft brown sand and white-clad worshipers.

Here are few photos to show you what I am talking about… 🙂

 

 

I love the intricate details in this place…. it is such good craftmanship that you only find in these ancient places.

Hope this post finds your interest and any comment or feedback is much appreciated! 🙂

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28 thoughts on “Kelaniya : where life meets religion…

      1. captions ain’t necessary for your pics. Take my word for it. I’m sure anyone with some taste and a bit of sense will concur.

  1. You’ve captured the essence of the temple as I remember it too, Mekala. I used to go often with friends who lived toward Kiribathgoda. There never seemed to be a timetable, and that’s very much how the temple activities felt – at any time of day someone or other would be performing their own bodhi pooja, or meditating at the foot of the temple. Great shots and a lovely reminiscence of home. 🙂

  2. Thanks, I really appreciate your lovely words. You are right this is one of my favourite places to go, especially in the evening when its not too hot and sit somewhere away from the crowds. Such a peaceful place at times.

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