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Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya

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Located close to Mt. Lavinia, just three kilometers from Colombo’s city limits, Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya has a long and hallowed history. The great sanctity attached to this temple is due to its sacred Bo tree that according to ancient texts is one of the thirty-two saplings that sprang from the sacred Bo tree at Anuradhapura, planted in the 3rd century B.C. This ancient Buddhist temple houses elaborate statues of Buddha and frescoes depicting the life of Buddha from birth to enlightenment. A colourful Perahera (Pageant) is held during the month of Esala in August to pay homage to the Buddha. The perahera features many traditional dance forms and drum beats.
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