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Amila Wickramarachchi

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Amila Wickramarachchi is a Food & Travel blogger who writes both Food Corner and this travel blog.She resides in Singapore.

Nissanka Latha Mandapaya found in Polonnaruwa-Sri Lanka, is one of most beautiful & also artistic building of ancient Sri Lanka.
As the name mentioned,it was built by the king nissanka Malla.
The stone pillars of this building resemble the stem of a lotus.
This building was used by the king to listen to chanting of ‘pirith’.

Vesak is the festival day for Buddists to celebrate the birth of Lord Buddha,his attaining Enlightenment and his passing away into Nirvana.

This year Vesak full moon day is on 17th May.

To celebrate Vesak I thought of sharing some thoughts from Lord Buddha.

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.

All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?

An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.

Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.

Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.

The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting

With the thoughts of Lord Buddha ,I wish all a Happy vesak festival!!

Gal Viharaya (Uththararamaya) is another remains of Polonnaruwa, World Heritage Site
There are four statues of Lord Buddha carved out of same rock.To one side of this reclining Buddha stands a 7 metre Buddha, in a rare pose with crossed arms. Another smaller statue of Buddha sits in deep meditation, while a fourth figure is set into a cave cut in the rock wall.

It is popular as Gal Viharaya but this site has been identified as Uttararama built by King Parakramabahu the Great 1153 – 1186 a.d.
There had been individual shrine rooms for the images. The walls of central cave shrine is with some ancient paintings.

Also there is an inscription  & it is popularly known as ‘Katikawatha’ of King Parakramabahu the Great, which contains the details of the code of discipline enforced on the Monks

This temple is a great example of Sri Lanka’s Proud History.

Where ever country we live,this is the beverage we all Sri Lankans love to.That is  CEYLON TEA.

Tea production in Sri Lanka, is of high importance to the Sri Lankan economy and the world market. The country is the world’s fourth largest producer of tea and the industry is one of the country’s main sources of foreign exchange and a significant source of income for laborers, with tea accounting for 15% of the GDP, generating roughly $700 million annually. In 1995 Sri Lanka was the world’s leading exporter of tea, (rather than producer) with 23% of the total world export, but it has since been surpassed by Kenya

The Vatadage or the Circular relic house was probably built in the 7th century and later renovated and reconstructed by King Nissanka Malla (1187-1196). In the center is a small Stupa and on the four sides, there are beautifully carved Buddha statues. These statues are different to what is normally found. The robe is flat, which is unusual and there are no curly locks of hair on the head. The roof had been supported by two rows of stone pillars around the Stupa. None of the pillars are visible today. But the pillars outside the walls are still intact

The historic temple at Thalagama was located at a distance about a kilometer from Warakapola, or less than 1 km from Ambepussa Railway station.

This cave temple is built by King Walagamba on a beautiful mountain top. The cell stones scripts, steps made of rocks, dagaba are festinating

The temple is consisted with three levels.

The sangawasaya, Dharma shalawa and other general buildings used by bhikku are located at the lower level

The house of statues (vihara) & Bodhi (sacred Bo tree) were located at the second level
A stepped path was there to reach the second. The houses of statues were built using rock caves few centuries ago

A Sri Pada can be seen in the second level

The most important part was the Pagoda built to imitate the famous pagoda at Sanchi-India. There was a stepped path to the third level which was located not less than 200ft from the second.
A Gal kema (rock based pond) and an inscription stone (sel lipi) were also there

Sri Lanka – My motherland is blessed with natural beauty.Not easy to describe how beautiful the country is.But it is lush with greenary & rivers around the country.

Ruwanweli Seya built in the 2nd century B.C. by King Dutugamunu in Sri Lanka. This dagaba or Stupa is a dome or relic chamber which is build over sacred relics of the Buddha

 

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The Hatadage is in Polonnaruwa,is built for the same purpose, to protect the sacred Tooth Relic.
There are three Buddha images at the back end of the temple .

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