Kelaniya

Anuja Manchanayake

Lysterfield, Australia

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Kelaniya, situated on the banks of a river with the same name, is one of the most sacred Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. According to the 5th Century AD Sinhala Buddhist chronicle Mahavamsa, Gautama Buddha has visited this place upon an invitation from King Maniakkhika, on the eighth year after attaining Buddhahood (520 BC).

Kelaniya is also of historical importance as the capital of a provincial king Kelani Tissa (1st century BCE) whose daughter, Vihara Maha Devi was the mother of king Dutugemunu, regarded as the most illustrious of the 186 or so kings of Sri Lanka between the 5th century BCE and 1815.

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