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Pictures of historical monuments in the outskirts of Kandy, in Sri Lanka: Gadaladenya Vihara and Ambekke Devale

         Painting in the Ambekke Temple (Ambekke Devale), in the outskirts of Kandy   Statue in the Ambekke Temple (Ambekke Devale), in the outskirts of Kandy
          Painting and statue in the Ambekke Temple (Ambekke Devale),  in the outskirts of Kandy, Sri Lanka

Ambekke Temple (Ambekke Devale) near Kandy, Si Lanka
Ambekke Temple (Ambekke Devale) is located in the outskirts of Kandy, Sri Lanka.  Sometimes spelled Embekka Devale.

Ambekke Devale is a temple built in the 14th century. It is dedicated to God Skanda (Murugan). Lord Skanda is a son of Lord
Shiva (Hindu). The temple has also a Buddhist Shrine.

Sri Lankan woman is bringing her offering to Ambekke Temple
A Sri Lankan woman is bringing her offering to Gadaladeniya Temple (Sri Lanka) in the main shrine room.

In the background, a large seated Buddha statue that is made of granite and gold pated. During the ceremony, the room is closed by a curtain.

Gadaladeniya Temple (Gadaladeniya Vihara), near Kandy
Gadaladeniya Temple (Gadaladeniya Vihara), in the outskirts of Kandy - Dagoba.

Gadaladeniya Temple is situated is located at Pilimathalawa in the outskirts of Kandy (about 7 km away from the city) in Sri Lanka. It is a stone built Buddhist shrine of South Indian architectural style. It was built in 1344 by King Buwanekabahu, the fourth ruler of the Gampola Kingdom. A
rchitecturally, Gadaladeniya Vihara is considered as one of the most important buildings of the 14th century. The Dagoba is a traditional stupa house with four shrines on the four cardinal directions.

statue in Gadaladeniya Temple, near Kandy
Statue in Gadaladeniya Temple, near Kandy (direction Colombo).

Other historical monuments in the outskirts of Kandy include Lankatilaka Vihara (one of the best examples of traditional Sinhalese temple architecture), Degaldoru Vihara, Vegiriya Devale, and Gamaduwa Vihara.


 

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