Also known as Bodhirajarama Maha Viharaya, this place of worship for Hindus and Buddhists alike dates back over three centuries. It is famous for its Buddha Statue that is visible from afar, which is over 6m in height. At the base of the Buddha Statue lies a dragon’s head with a mouth open wide that acts as the entryway to the Buduge (Shrine room).
Within the Buduge chamber lies a statue of Sathapena (sleeping) Buddha where Buddhist pilgrims can worship or place their offerings. One will find themselves encircled by vibrant ancient murals and paintings portraying Buddha and other prominent characters from Buddhist Literature (Jathaka stories). There are also beautifully adorned deities even on the ceiling of the shrine room. The temple’s Pilima Ge contains significant Buddhist events that took place in Sri Lanka, along with full-scale imageries of Sri Lankan kings and queens from Vijaya to Sri Wickrema Rajasinghe.
At the back of the temple lies the Hindu temple, Sri Siddha Suniyam Devalaya named after the Sri Lankan deity Sri Siddha Suniyam, who is believed to be either benevolent to virtuous individuals on the bright lunar fortnight and Malevolent to the wicked on the dark lunar fortnight. The temple is situated a short distance inland from Negombo.
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