Gadaladeniya Viharaya


The Gadaladeniya Temple is in a beautiful hilltop setting, built on a rock, 1km from main road. The stone temple, in fluenced by Indian temple architecture, has lacquered doors, carving  and frescos and a moonstone at the entrance of the shrine. The inscription on the octagonal base. The inscription on the rock  by Dharmakeerti date in it to 1344. the principal image of the Budda
(18th century, which replaced the original destroyed by the Portuguese) is framed  by elaborate makara decoration. Unusually, there is also a shrine to Vishnu here. Outside, there is a convered stupa and a Bodhi tree. At Kiri Wavla village nearby, craftsmen cast brass ornaments by the ancient lostwax process; some are for sale.

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