Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya

Address: Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka

Latitude: 6.8456070

Longitude: 79.8901920

Time Zone: Indian Standard Time

Categories: Attraction

Tags: Cultural, Outdoors


Bellanwila is a typical Sri Lankan suburban village situated in a picturesque rural setting in the outskirts of Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Just three kilometers away from the City limits, Bellanwila is famous for its Buddhist temple with a long history dating back to the Anuradhapura era, the golden age of Sri Lanka, over 2000 years ago. That was the time when the Sinhalese monarchs ruled the country strictly according to Buddhist principles and the people led a way of life in keeping with the teachings of the Buddha.
The great sanctity attached to the Bellanwila Rajamaha Vihara (signifying that the temple was in existence from the time of Sinhalese monarchs) is its Bodhi-tree and history records that it is one of the thirty two saplings that sprung from the fruits of the sacred Bodhi-tree in Anuradhapura where a branch of the original tree under which the Buddha attained Enlightenment thrives to this day. Devotees flock to the temple daily to worship at the foot of the Bodhi-tree with the firm belief that such devotion gives them mental happiness and a healthy life. They offer flowers, 'bathe' the Bodhi-tree and light lamps in the traditional way using coconut oil.
It is one of the most known and respected Buddhist shrines/ temples in Sri Lanka, located within the outskirts of Colombo, (about 5-10 km away from the city limits of Colombo). This is a very holy place and you would see people at all times of the day, everyday, which is proof of its importance and holiness. This is also a place where once thoughts and wishes are answered for, which is why most people do believe in this shrine. It is a very powerful shrine. People do come to do Bodhi Pujas for the well-being of themselves and others. It is indeed one of the holiest places in the outskirts of Colombo to pay homage to the Lord Buddha.

there are also a number of small kovil type shrines in the temple (Lord Kataragama, Lord Ganesh, etc.).

There are small shops opposite the temple that sell flowers, incense sticks and all other things that you need to do a puja. a Flower bunch would cost about Rs.20 (4 flowers - Nelum flowers) during the off- season, but more during the poya days and holidays.
A Buddhist temple of worship , which allows you to get a sense of local religious practices. This temple is a famous temple among local Buddhists and many of them visit this temple (specially on Poya days and holidays). It has a sacred Bo tree , a shrine house with paintings.

You will be able to worship and follow the local customs of lighting the lamps and incense. Please note that you have to dress decently covering your body as a symbol of respect.

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