Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, Colombo

Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
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Satya Bhatti
Manila, Philippines20 contributions
Bhuddam Saranam Gacchami
Dec 2020 • Solo
Bhuddam Saranam Gacchami..🙏.. Very pleasant bhuddist temple in Colombo.. Visited this temple in the transist time at Colombo Airport..
Written 27 August 2021
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Shey
Washington DC, DC88 contributions
Highly recommend you visiting this temple
Jun 2020 • Couples
I have always been very interested in learning more about South Asian cultures and religions, so we visited multiple temples in Sri Lanka and India in one trip. But trust me, this temple was beyond beautiful. It’s a big temple with a lot of statues, and antique decorations. It took us about an hour to walk around and see everything.
Written 19 May 2021
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aruna s
Colombo, Sri Lanka278 contributions
Secret place for buddha
Feb 2021 • Friends
Nice place in colombo
Clam place.
Very beautiful location .
Secret place for buddhist people .
Clean,neat and clam place
Written 2 February 2021
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Kekin2011
Mumbai, India302 contributions
Very unusal temple with many ancient artefacts and statues
Feb 2020
A combination of a Buddhist temple and a museum. it contained many items of religious relevance, including gold, stones, elephant ivory, porcelain, Chinese statues, stamps, watches, cameras, photographs, coins, one taxidermied elephant, stereos, shells, swords, and some other very weird items.

I believe many of these items were donations made to the museum. The centre of the temple was its main prayer area. The whole vibe was quite peaceful but also a little eerie.

To get a good feel of the place, I'd recommend going at night or in the evening.

Location - Sri Jinarathana Rd
Entry fee - LKR 400 per person
Written 31 January 2021
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Vivek S
Colombo, Sri Lanka4 contributions
One of the Best Buddha Temple in Sri Lanka with Ancient Collection
Sep 2020
Awesome place for religious perspective and the collection of ancient things, museum, silence, big statues also the maintained work and clean are perfect. since it's a first time visit I wondered why I missed a place to visit like this so long time.
Written 8 October 2020
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Dianne C
Redmond, WA53 contributions
Gorgeous Buddhas
Nov 2019
I was in a tour group viewing this temple. The gold is almost overwhelming. Don't leave Colombo without visiting.
Written 31 August 2020
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Lalendra M
2 contributions
With some of my indian business colleagues
Feb 2020 • Business
City tour in colombo, when the business partners visit colombo the biggest issue when planning day tour in colombo to prepare the itinerary
Written 8 August 2020
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Hiruni
Colombo, Sri Lanka10 contributions
Best Temple
Jul 2020
It was a pleasure to visit this time, seeing elephants inside the temple was unique for us, we really felt an atmosphere of worship and religion.
I recommend to visit to all fans
Written 8 August 2020
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Nuwan W
Colombo, Sri Lanka2 contributions
Very silent cool place for a short time visit
Jul 2020
One of a best temple ever seen...Highly recommended to visit specially fora family trip. The place situated in 15-20km radius from Colombo.
Written 21 July 2020
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Seevali D
Colombo, Sri Lanka8,424 contributions
Elephant Visits the Temple!
Mar 2020
Though I live only about 500 metres away, I had not been able to capture photographs at Gangaramaya temple as it was always crowded with both devotees and tourists. At the onset of the Coronavirus lockdown it was less crowded. This gave me the opportunity to capture the beauty of the temple by visiting it twice, once in the morning on 16th and again in the evening on 18th March 2020. Some of these photographs are included with this narrative.
Visitors need to remove their shoes at the entrance to the temple. Being a place of worship, there is no entrance fee for locals. The tourists over 12 years are charged Rs 400 (USD 2.25) per person. The temple is open to the public from 0530 until 2200 hrs. The main attractions at the temple are an Image House, Samadhi statue and Stupa, Atavisi Hall, Bo tree, imitation of Indonesian Borobudur monument, museum, relic chamber, library as well as alms and educational halls. A three storeyed building houses priests and includes rooms that provide space for their education at the monastic college (pirivena).
I spent about two hours within the temple on the 16th. As I was coming out at about ten o’clock in the morning, I was lucky and fortunate to witness the fascinating spectacle of the temple elephant coming in through the entrance with a lotus flower atop its raised trunk. It walked in, attended by the mahout, walked up through the temple courtyard up to the Samadhi Buddha statue and paid homage, kneeling and prostrating itself on all fours and placing the flower gently on the offer table! Though the elephant had some chains around its neck, it walked with a bouncing gait and went away presumably for its daily walk on the streets around the temple. It was an unusual and a spectacular sight that I witnessed that morning! I am an animal lover and was glad to see that the elephant was not forced in anyway to perform this act – though it must have been trained to do that ritual!
My first stop was the Image House or Viharaya. A large sized seated buddha statue in meditation is the central attraction within. Flanked are many other statues and statuettes of heavenly beings as well as paintings related to Buddhist narratives and stories all decorated in golden yellow.
The white Samadhi statue, chiselled out of white jade, was my next stop. The statue sits in an intricately sculpted stone house flanked by two elephant tusks. It is at the offer table here, that I later saw the temple elephant placing the lotus flower. Behind the Samadhi statue is the white domed stupa.
Intricately decorated Ata Visi Hall houses 28 buddha statues. This was closed at the time of my visit although I managed to capture a few photos through the gaps in between the door bars.
The bo-tree is at the upper level. This is one of the key items in Buddhist worship. Buddha is reputed to have attained enlightenment under a bo-tree. At the upper level also are an alms hall for priests and an educational hall for the public to listen to Buddhist preachings by priests.
Within the relic chamber are housed relics of Buddha and some of his disciples. A large collection of objects of historical, cultural and religious significance are housed in the museum that is entirely filled with objects. These include vast arrays of Buddhist artefacts, old coins, statues, ola-leaf writings, jewellery and many others Though not within the museum, there is an array of vintage cars, watches, clocks and other mechanical equipment. An imitation from the Borobudur temple in Indonesia depicting an array of buddha statues on stacked platforms, sits behind the relic chamber. The Seema Malaka on the adjoining Beira lake too is part of this temple, although TripAdvisor provides it a separate listing.
The Navam Perahera, a colourful pageant is held annually in February. This grand spectacle of hundreds of dressed up and costumed elephants together with many troupes of dancers, drummers and other performers touring in procession is watched by tourists and visitors perched on multi-level stages that are erected along the roads.
The temple contributes to and carries out several community projects too. Among these are vocational training centres, homes for abandoned and street children, homes for the elderly as well as publication of Buddhist literature.
The temple swarms with tourists and devotees throughout the day. Early morning is the best time to avoid the crowds. It is unbelievably crowded on Sundays, Public Holidays and especially on poya days when devotees throng the temple.
Written 4 May 2020
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