Galagoda Shailathalarama Viharaya

Not to be confused with Uduwara Shailathalarama Viharaya

Shailathalarama Viharaya
Galagoda Shailathalarama Viharaya (Sinhala: ගලගොඩ ශෙෙලතලාරාම විහාරය, කරණ්දෙණිය) is a Buddhist temple situated in Karandeniya village in Galle District, Sri Lanka. The temple is popular among devotees due to its large reclining Buddha statue which is considered one of the longest statues in the country.

The temple is said to have been established in 1901 with the guidance of Siri Abhayatissa Nayaka Thera. After his death, the temple was maintained under the guidance of the incumbent monks of Thapodhanarama Mula Maha Viharaya until Karandeniye Siri Saddhammawamsa Gunaransi Nayaka Thera was appointed as the incumbent in about 1933. The construction works of the image house including the largest reclining Buddha statue (88 riyan long) were commenced during this period by a devotee named T.H. Iyonis Upasaka.

See also

1) DSC_0012 by Dhammika Heenpella is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

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This page was last updated on 23 May 2023

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