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Bellanvila Viharaya in Sri Lanka

Is situated in the Dehiwala Municipality area, which is about 2 miles from the Dehiwala Junction. It is recorded in the Sinhala Bodhiwansa that one of the 32 seeds from a branch of Sri Maha Bodhiya, which was brought to Ceylon by Sangamitta Theri, was planted at Bellanvila. This Bo tree was covered with dense forest and was not visible, quite by chance that it was founded in 1850 by Tennegoda Gedara Thera. The vihara is now completed with shrine, Bo tree, recidential facilities for the monks, hall for bana preaching, pilgims rest, Devale and an Information center. According to the legend woven round the temple, it is said that God Katharagama, Vishnu, Huniyam, were going about radiating, red, blue, and white lights. The Bellanvila Esala Perahera was started in 1950 and it is conducted annually with great splendor.

 

 

 

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