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 Post Posted: Sat Aug 27, 2005 9:08 pm 
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kalaniya Raja maha Viharaya
One of the most sacred worshipping places of Sri Lanka

The Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara is one of the most sacred worshipping places of the Buddhists of Sri Lanka since it is a site made hallowed by the visit of Lord Buddha. In the past Kelaniya itself was a large city and the Kelani Raja Maha Viharaya was one of the largest and one of the most beautiful temples of Sri Lanka.

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The history of Kalaniya goes back to pre-Christian times. The city was connected with the history of Ramayana in that its Yakkha king Vibhisana was befriended by Rama in his battle against Ravana. Hence, the worship of Vibhisana as the tutelary deity of Kalaniya is continued to present times.

The chronicles, Dipavamsa and Mahavamsa, record in detail the story of the Buddha's visit to Kalaniya on the eighth year after his Enlightenment, on the invitation of the naga King Maniakkhika. The jewelled throne, on which the Buddha sat while preaching, is said to have been enshrined in the stupa at the Kalaniya temple.

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