The sin if a lifetime are all rendered null once Kelaniya is worshiped a single time
Is one of a most famous quote among thousands of visitors reaching Temple Kelaniya each and every day. Situated in the bank of Kelani river and being just few miles away from Colombo makes it usual place among devotees who come to worship this sacred place. Set on top of a small mound lapped with water from the Kelani river dazzling through the wind, the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya, is considered to be one of a most revered historic Buddhist temple in Srilanka. Other than the par anomic view of the beautiful shrine, there are lot of other factors which attract thousands of tourists each day.
The kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya is bound with a great ancient story stating in the Srilankan Chronicle named ” Chulavansa” . According the history this sacred site has been the last place visited by the Buddha in Srilanka on the eight year after the enlightenment. On the other hand the Kelaniya has remained important in all historical legends such as; The Buddha’s last visit to Srilanka was due to an invitation sent by the Naga King who used to rule the Naga tribe over the sacred site Kelaniya, and it is believed that the jeweled throne chair which Buddha sat while preaching dharma has been enshrined in the stupa of the Kelaniya temple. Even though some of the earlier structures does not survive today it is known to be that the original temple and the Stupa was built in 5th century BC making Kelaniya historically older than the great cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. However according to the legends this sacred site has been reconstructed back in the era of great King Keerthi Sri Rajasinghe.
Other than the historical values it holds, The Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya has been one of the most famous among thousands of visitors are because of the unique structure it holds. The Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya is divided up in to four sections, Kings image house or known as “Raja Pilima Ge” , Reclined Buddha image house or ” Oth Pilima Ge”, New temple house or “Aluth Vihara Ge”, and the Golden image house or “Ran Pilima Ge” in which each consist of their own value in history. All these four sections are accomplished with plenty of modern and Kandyan era painting while the ceilings of all the shrine are devoted to the themes dealing with cosmology, making it an eye catching event for both local and international tourists.
Enriched with abundance of historical and ancient values the attractive Kelani river surrounding the temple makes it an island folklore and another main point in tourists attraction towards the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya. Originated from sacred Sri Pada, flowing miles through mountains of the hill country adding immense beauty to the natural splendor of the area Kelaniya. Last but not the least the glorious pageant of all time ” The Navam Perahara” conducted by the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya is conducted on month of January each year celebrating the Buddha’s visit to Srilanka. Consisting hundreds of cultural shows which attract thousands of visitors each year.