Travellanka October 2017

126 Religious Information • Issipatanaramaya – Issipatana Mawatha, Colombo 05. Beautiful Mural paintings. • Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya – (13 km from Colombo) One of the 3 places in Sri Lanka visited by Lord Buddha, Fascinating wall & ceiling paintings by famous artist Solius Mendis. The annual procession in January is second only to the Kandy procession in spectacle. • Paramananda Purana Viharaya – 29, Paramananda Mawatha, Colombo 13. Very old temple built in 1806. • Vajiraramaya– 4,VajiraRoad,Colombo4.Highlyreccognised seat of learning. Hindu Kovils The Hindu Kovils found in the city are enumerated below: • Sir Ponnambalam – Vaneswarar Kovil at Korteboam Street, Kochchikade – built entirely of granite imported from South India. • Sri Bala Selva Vinayagar Moorthy Kovil – at Captain’s Garden, off D.R. WijewardenaMawatha, has shrines dedicated to Shiva and Ganesh. • Sri Siva Subramania Swami Kovil – at Kew Road, Slave Island – used by Indian soldiers during the time of the British. • Sri Muthumariamma Kovil – at Kotahena, dedicated to a Hindu Goddess of healing. • The newandoldKathiresanKovil – atSeaStreetdedicated to Skanda, the God of war and victory. • Two Kathiresan Kovils – on Galle Road at Bambalapitiya. • Sri Siva Subramania Swami Kovil – 98,GinthupitiyaStreet, Colombo 13, dedicated to Lord Muruga (God Kataragama) InformationonHinduismcouldalsobeobtainedfromRamakrishna Mission International Culture Centre, Ramakrishna Road, Colombo 06. Islamic Mosques The following are some of the many mosques found in the city: • Grand Mosque at New Moor Street. • Maradana Mosque at the Zahira College premises. • Devatagaha Mosque at De Soysa Circus. • The Mosque at Mutwal • Sammankottu Mosque at Main Street, Pettah • The Kollupitiya Mosque at Duplication Road, Colombo 03. • TheBambalapitiyaMosque atBauddhalokaMawathanear the Galle Road Junction. • The Borah Mosque at 4th Cross Street, Pettah. Buddhist Centres Information on Buddhism and meditation could be obtained from the following places: • International Buddhist Research and Information Centre (Sasana Sevaka Society–ColomboBranch),380/9,Sarana Road, (Off Bauddhaloka Mawatha), Colombo 07. Tel: 2689388. • Buddhist Cultural Centre Branch at 380, BauddhalokaMawatha, Colombo 07. Tel: 2689786 (Open all days except Sunday from 8.30am - 5.30pm) • The All Ceylon Buddhist Congress , 380 Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 07. • TheBhikkuTrainingCentre– Gangaramaya 61, Sri Jinaratana Road, Colombo 02. Tel: 2435169. • Buddhist Cultural Centre , 125, Anderson Road,Nedimala,Dehiwela. Tel:2726234, 2734256 Fax: 2736737 Email: bcc@ Sri .lanka.net • The Buddhist Publication Society , 54 Sangharaja Mawatha, Kandy . Tel: 081- 21223679, 21237283 (Membershipand booksonBuddhismcouldalsobeobtained from here.) Some famous Buddhist Temples in and around Colombo: • Asokaramaya – Thimbirigasyaya Road, Colombo 05. Beautiful mural paintings. • Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya – Bellanwila, Recognised seat of learning and beautiful mural paintings. • Dharmayathanaya – No. 381 Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 03. Tel: 2691865 • Dipaduttaramaya – 159, Kotahena st, Colombo 13. Colombo’s oldest temple – built in 1806, Murals painted by Burmese monk in 1890. • Gotami Viharaya – Gothami Road, Colombo 08. Modern mural paintings by well known artist George Keyt assisted by Manjusri. Religious Information

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