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Gadaradeniya Viharaya

Listed under Temples in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

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Sherry and Russ walked across the hot pavement and towards the entrance of Gadaradeniya Viharaya and a man came up to them and started to talk about the temple explaining it’s history. Sherry immediately thought to hersef, “Great – we have an unwanted leach-guide who has attached himself to us and will demand money at the end…oh joy.” She tried to be aloof, but the man kept talking and walking with the two little tourists through the various rooms of the temple. Sherry and Russ learned that the temple was unique for it’s construction; it was built on top of a large slab of undulating stone which formed little lily pools where lotus would bloom. The man continued to lead them into another area with a red, ancient-looking door adorned with intricate paintings and an old metal door knocker shaped like a fish. The man opened up the creaky door to unveil a giant golden Buddha statute and Russ squealed in glee as if he was unveiling a long lost treasure.

The Buddha statue loomed above them with colorful flowers arranged at its feet. The self-proclaimed guide continued to pump their brains with history and fascinating facts. The guide said he was an artist ,so he painstakingly pointed out all of the restoration which was being done in the various corners of the temple. At the end of our ‘tour’, he asked for nothing which surprised and befuddled Sherry and Russ.

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Written by  Sherry Ott.

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