Little bit about Galmaduwa Temple
Galmaduwa Rajamaha Viharaya is situated about 8.5 km eastwards from Kandy, in Kundasale which is a suburb city in Kandy. You can reach there in just 3km pass Earl's Regency - a 5 star hotel in Kandy.
The outlook of the historic temple is a harmonic combination of Hindu and Buddhist cultures. This uncommon and rare structure is the main reason for it being such a special temple in Sri Lanka.
The temple is totally made up of stone during 17th century by King Keerthi Sri Rajasinghe. Though the king was a Hindu of the Nayakkar dynasty, he served for the advancement of Buddhism which was a key factor to claim the throne of the Kandyan kingdom. Folklores state that the temple was built to be visited and worshipped by the king's queens.
Stepping amidst white flowered temple trees, you will see an artistically built edifice backed by a gopuram(tall pillar) that comes in Tanjore architecture from India. Its rectangular building's windows and doorways are carved in semi-circular cusped arches with a keystone, a resemblance of western influence. Inside the building there is an image house where a great Buddha statue is placed, and also some artistic paintings done by a skillful painter.
Its archeological importance was intensified after the bricks found with Brahmi script.
Because of its majestic and archaic appearance the temple has been a popular location in present day for wedding photography of traditional weddings and other shoots. Not only Buddhists, history, archaeology, and architecture enthusiasts will find this place interesting and worth visiting.
Things to know before you go
- Wear appropriate clothes that cover shoulders and legs
- Better not to wear black or too dark clothes
- As in other Buddhist shrines, take off your shoes and hats before entering
- Covering head is not appropriate under any circumstances
- Do not turn your back to Buddha statues
- Take only memories, leave only footprints
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