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Kande viharaya Temple

  Province Southern
  District Galle
  Nearest Town Kaluwamodara & Aluthgama
  Period Year 1734
  Ruler Dutch Period

Introduction

It is well Known as Aluthgama Kande Vihara or Bentota Kande Vihara due to its proximity to both towns, this historic temple at Kaalawila is just a few kilometres from the Induruwa Beach Resort. It is situated atop a hill, thus the name Kande Vihara (meaning temple on the hill). Thousands of devotees still flock to this temple, which was established in 1734, in search of mental and spiritual solace from the worries and troubles of daily life. The Kshethrarama Pirivena, founded by the famous monk, Ven. Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Thera in 1904, is also located within these sacred premises, and acts as a vital centre in Buddhist education in the country

Tallest sitting Buddha statue in the world(48m / 160ft)

History

The building of the Kande Viharaya was initiated way back in 1734 by the Ven. Dedduwa Dhammananda Thero, an understudy of the most Ven. Weliwita Sri Saranankara Nayaka Thero. Thousands of devotees flock the holy grounds of the Kande Viharaya daily, seeking mental & spiritual relief from all the troubles & worries of day to day life. The tranquility and serenity that the Kande Viharaya brings into your heart, mind, body & soul cannot be expressed or described with words. It has got to be experienced.

The "Kshethrarama Pirivena" founded by the Ven. Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Thero in 1904 is also located within the Kande Viharaya premises. This acts as a vital centre in Buddhist eduction in the country.

Under the patronage of the Chief Incumbent the Ven. Batuwanhene Sri Buddharakkitha Thero, the Kande Viharaya continues to be a vital link in the socio cultural & religious activities in the country. Among the latest additions to the temple is a computer educational facility to be used by the student Bhikkus of the Kande Viharaya.