Saturday, May 1, 2021

Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue

Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue
Bahirawakanda is a range of mountains located west of Kandy town in Sri Lanka. Presently, this site has gained recognition of people due to the massive Buddha statue erected on one of the tops of the mountains. 

Name
In Sinhala language, Bahirawa-kanda means "the mountain of Bahirawa". According to local belief, Bahirawa is a spirit controlling the mineral sources (Abeyawardana, 2004). When commencing a new construction such as a house, some people offer a Bahirawa Puja to this spirit as a customary practice (Abeyawardana, 2004).

The Buddha statue
The Buddha statue at Bahirawakanda Vihara (also known as Sri Maha Bodhi Viharaya) was commenced under the guidance of late Ven. Ampitiye Dhammarama Thera (Abeyawardana, 2004). The statue is 25.85 m tall (Abeyawardana, 2004).
 
Attribution

References
1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Kandurata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. p.46.

Location Map
This page was last updated on 2 May 2021
For a complete tourist map follow this link: Lankapradeepa Tourist Map

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