Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo..


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Gangaramya temple is the most visited religious destination in Colombo . Situated not far from the placid waters of Beira Lake , it has a Vihara (temple), the Cetiya (Pagada) the Bodhitree, the Vihara Mandiraya, the Seema malaka (assembly hall for monks) and the Relic Chamber. In addition, a museum, a library, a residential hall, a three storeyed Pirivena, educational halls and an alms hall are also on the premises.

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On the right >The Bodhiya that was planted by Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Thero, with the new fence surrounding it.

Buddha Rashmi Vesak, which is the national festival organised by the Gangaramaya Temple and Prime Minister’s Office, will this year too lighten up the city of Colombo in vibrant and spiritual illuminations …

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Gangaramaya serves not only as a place of Buddhist worship, but  also  as a centre of learning. The temple is involved in Buddhist welfare work including old peoples’ homes, a vocational school and an orphanage. The temple is uniquely attractive and tolerant to congregation members of many different religions. It has also been instrumental in establishing the Buddhist temple on Staten Island(U.S.A.) the Buddhist Center in New York and the Buddhist Centre in Tanzania, thereby helping to propagate the Dhamma in other countries. [ source: google]

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