Gadaladeni Rajamaha Viharaya,Kandy,Sri Lanka

Gadaladeni Rajamaha Viharaya

Gadaladeni temple is situated in the Kandy district. Kandy has remained the last Independent capital of Sri Lanka. The city of Kandy is located 116 kilometres from Colombo. Gadaladeni temple is believed to have been built in 1344 AD during the reign of king Buwanekabahu 4th. Gadaladeni the temple has built minister Senadilankara, the order of Rev. Dammakitthi. The main architecture of this temple is Ganeswarachari in south India. This temple was based on a new approach. It is combing both Hinduism and Buddhism.

Gadaladeni Rajamaha Viharaya,Kandy,Sri Lanka

This temple building is unique and it was built by Granite except for two Shikars which are built by brick. Three granite columns are arranged In front of the main shrine. They are straight and decorated. The structure of the temple is an evaluated stone plat Form. The roof is also built from a small piece of stone. There is some carvings foot of the building.

Gadaladeni Rajamaha Viharaya,Kandy,Sri Lanka

There are four standing buddha statue and one seating Buddha statue in the main shrine room. It is one of the large seated Buddha statues under a Makara Thorana. The Makara Thorana is decorated with gods and heavenly bodies. The seated Buddha statue encompasses the unique style of the Buddhist sculpture in the Gampola period. The body was painted in gold while the robe is red in colour. Its position is known as the Dayna Mudra. The rope was worn tightly and clear outlying. The eyes are wide open.

 

Gadaladeni Rajamaha Viharaya,Kandy,Sri Lanka

There is two main shrine room in the Gadaladeni temple. In the middle of the temple compound is a secondary shrine. Its name is Vijayothpaya. It was constructed after the main shrine by king Parakramabahu v. In this shrine, there is a stupa which 40 feet high. It was built on a square platform. The stupa is covered by a four-sided roof supported by four stone pillars. There are four small matching stupa four sides of the main stupa. That small stupa has Shirin room with a flower pedestal.

Gadaladeni Rajamaha Viharaya,Kandy,Sri Lanka

The wall and pillars are covered in true south Indian style. There are elephant dancers and other figures. The buildings are full of remarkable stone carvings depicting drummers, dancers, Rabun players, wrestlers and flutists. There are Vamana Rupa also in the building.There is a small Devala for god Upulwan, inside of the temple. The devala was originally dedicated to the god Varuna. However, the god Vishnu became more popular with devotees the shrine to Varuna was replaced with Vishnu.

Gadaladeni Rajamaha Viharaya,Kandy,Sri Lanka

Diggeya and Beramaduwa are the other building on this site. Both built of stone and clay with lime and sand plaster. There are traditional Sandakadapahana also here entrance of the building.


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