The first visit in our itinerary was Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, a Buddhist temple located in the north eastern part of Colombo. With just a look, I was bowled over by the scenic beauty of the place. The temple is set on the small hillock near the River Kelani and it has a long history, which goes back to as early as 2500 years when the civilization sprang up in the river valleys.
Built in the third century BC, the temple went through destructions and restoration in 1767 by Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe, the King of Kandy. The walls, which adorned Kandyan-styled paintings, have themes taken from the story of Buddha, Jataka tales and the sacred temples of the island. Most of the murals found are new ones, which depicted the life story of Buddha and his preaching.
There were also paintings on the rise and progress of Buddhism, as well as other happenings in the history. We walked around the temple enjoying the architecture and murals. My husband wanted to spend some time meditating, so we spend some more time there. Once outside the temple, we felt our sins were washed awau.