Synonyms for bellanwila or Related words with bellanwila
Examples of "bellanwila"
The present chief incumbent of
Rajamaha Vihara is Ven.
Dhammaratana Nayaka Thera.
The Weras Ganga Park (also known as "Weras Ganga
Recreation Park") is a public park located in
area, next to the
Rajamaha Viharaya in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Since Thengodagedara thera rediscovered
, the temple has had a succession of chief monks such as Udugampola Sri Ratanapala thera, Udugampola Sri Dammakkhandha thera, Abhidhammika Weboda Sri Sangharatana thera, Asgiriye Devarakkhita thera and
Sri Somaratana thera. It is Ven.
Sri Somaratana thera, who became the chief incumbent of the temple in 1947 must be given the credit for raising
Rajamaha Vihara to its present status.
Esala perehera (procession) that was started in 1947 under the instructions of
Somaratana Nayaka Thera has now grown into a famous colorful pageant, which attracts large crowds annually. Today it is one of the most famous annual cultural pageants in Sri Lanka. The Esala festival of
, which is usually held throughout a week in the month of August or September in every year, draws many devotees from the district of Colombo and from other parts of the country. The attraction is not only for the colourful features of the procession itself, but more so for the religious activities that leads up to the main event.
esala festival includes "Dhamma Desana" sessions (religious sermons) which draws many devotees to the temple. Invoking of blessings starts with a week long Pirith chanting, which is followed by the processions that parade in the neighborhood of
during the nights of Esala festival.
He began the task of developing the temple and he himself designed the structural concept of the temple complex taking the image house of Polonnaruwa as the model. After the demise of
Sri Somaratana thera, his pupil prof.
Wimalaratne Thera has continued the development work of the temple.
One of Sri Lanka's largest kaolin deposits is in Boralesgamuwa. The
Rajamaha Viharaya is very close to the Boralesgamuwa town.
There is literary evidence in ancient texts such as the Sinhala Bodhivamsaya which records that the Bodhi-tree in
as one of the thirty two saplings that sprang from the sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi at Anuradhapura planted in the 3rd century BC.
is also mentioned in the literary works of the 15th century, when Kotte, which is located close to
, became the capital of the country. In the Kotte period Buddhism rose to great heights with the royal patronage of King Parakramabahu VI (1412-1467), who was the last native sovereign to unify all of Sri Lanka under one rule before the European colonial invasions.
The story of the revival of
Viharaya is closely linked with Attidiya, a village adjoining
. This sacred place was abandoned after the Portuguese invasion of the country’s coastal areas. It was rediscovered by an adventurous monk known as Thengodagedara Hamuduruwo, who is said to be the founder of Galauda Viharaya.
Rajamaha Viharaya is a Buddhist temple situated in
, Colombo District, Sri Lanka. Located around 12 km south to the Colombo city, near Dehiwala - Maharagama road, the temple attracts hundreds of devotees daily and is famous for its annual Esala Perehera festival which usually takes place in the month of August or September. One of the most venerated Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka, many devotees flock to worship the sacred Bo tree of
Rajamaha Vihara, which is considered to be one of the first offshoots of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.
With the help of villagers, Thengodagedara thera cleared the land around the tree and built a modest shelter for monks. With this modest and mysterious beginning,
began to attract the attention of Buddhist devotees in the neighborhood.
The views of the BBS have been disowned by some of the mainstream Buddhist clergy. Anunayake
Wimalaratana has stated that "The views of the Bodu Bala Sena are not the views of the entire Sangha community".
The Bellanewila Esala festival consist of a series of processions, namely "Deva-dootha Perahera", "Kumbal Perahera", "Mal Perahera", "Paawaada Perahera", "Ransivili Perahera" and "Randoli Perahera". The "Diya Kapeema Perahera" and "Deva Daanaya" which concludes the esala festival, follows the Randoli Perahera which is held in the final night of the festival. The
Esala procession usually consists of drummers, dancers (low-country and up-country), decorated tuskers and trumpeters who parades the neighbourhoods of the
temple premises. Lantern bearers, together with devotees who carry Buddhist flags also take part in this grand display of religious piety, which portrays the Buddhist cultural and artistic heritage of Sri Lanka.
Suffasia attidiya, is a species of spider of the genus "Suffasia". It is endemic to Sri Lanka. The species was documented only from female specimens found from
-Attidiya marsh, situated on the south-eastern outskirts of Colombo. The first male specimen was found in 2005.
The Association invites Buddhist masters and foreign scholars to give dhamma talks. Lectures were given by Kirinde Dhammananda Maha thera, Professor
Wimalarathana, the Chancellor of Sri Jayawardhenepura University in Sri Lanka, and Dr. Dodamgoda Rewatha, a popular Buddhist author and head of the Maha Bodhi Society in Kolkata, India.
Religious minorities have been subjected to increased persecution and attacks owing to the widespread mono-ethnic Sinhala Buddhist Nationalism in Sri Lanka. A nationalistic Buddhist group, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), is alleged to have been behind attacks on Mosques and Muslims, as well as having organized a moral unofficial police team to check the activities of Christian missionaries and Muslim influence in daily life. The BBC reported that "Sri Lanka’s Muslim minority is being targeted by hardline Buddhists. [...] There have also been assaults on churches and Christian pastors but it is the Muslims who are the most concerned. The BBS has received criticism and opposition from other Buddhist clergy and politicians. Mangala Samaraweera, a Sri Lankan Theravada Buddhist politician who has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs since 2015, has accused the BBS of being "a representation of ‘Taliban’ terrorism’" and of spreading extremism and communal hatred against Muslims. Samaraweera has also alleged that the BBS is secretly funded by the Ministry of Defence. Anunayake
Wimalaratana, deputy incumbent of
Rajamaha Viharaya and President of the
Community Development Foundation, has stated that "The views of the Bodu Bala Sena are not the views of the entire Sangha community" and that "We don’t use our fists to solve problems, we use our brains". Wataraka Vijitha Thero, a buddhist monk who condemns violence against Muslims and heavily criticized the BBS and the government, has been attacked and tortured for his stances.
In 1973, he gave up a ready-made life of an abbot in the well-established
Temple located near Colombo in Sri Lanka to propagate the Buddha's teachings in Singapore at the invitation of Venerable M. Mahavihara. In 1978, Bhante started his Buddhist education service in Singapore in a garage at 85A Marine Parade Road. He founded the Buddhist Research Society (BRS) in 1981 and "The Buddhist Library" in 1982. On his inspiration on starting a non-profit library, Bhante said:
Heiyantuduwe Raja participated at the Esala Perahera in Kandy for several years. After the demise of Maligawa Raja he also carried the casket of tooth relic for 11 years from 1989 to 2000 with permission from Neranjan Wijeyeratne, then Diyawadana Nilame of Sri Dalada Maligawa. To carry the casket of tooth relic was an opportunity bestowed upon only a few elephants in Sri Lanka. Heiyantuduwe Raja had also carried the main casket of Buddha's relics at the Kelaniya Duruthu Perahera,
Perahera and Gangaramaya Navam Perahera in addition to the Sri Dalada casket.
Weras Ganga Park was opened in 2014 as a part of Weras Ganga Development Project -
Section. The construction work of the park was handled by the Sri Lanka Army and the Sri Lanka Navy. The work has been carried out under the guidance of Defense and Urban Development Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and this work was initiated by the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (SLLR&DC) based on a hydrological study carried out by JICA together with SLLR&DC for the preparation of a Master Plan to control flooding in Nugegoda, Rattanapitiya, Borelasgamuwa, Maha Ela and Ratmalana areas.
Venerable Dhammaratana, or more commonly addressed as "Bhante" by his devotees (Pali for "Venerable sir"; often used when addressing a Buddhist monk), is the founding and pivotal figure of "The Buddhist Library". Bhante was born in Sri Lanka and received his Buddhist ordination at the age of 13. He is the senior pupil of the late Venerable
Sri Somaratana Nayaka Thera and a graduate of Vidyalankara University. After graduation, Bhante served as the Deputy Principal and Principal at two prestigious Buddhist schools, Sunethradevi Pirivena and Paramadhamma Chetiya Pirivena respectively.
Among those shot down, one fell near Saint Thomas' College, one closer to the
paddy fields, one near Pita Kotte, one on the racecourse in Colombo, one near Horana and one on the Galle Face Green. A bomb fell off the target and damaged the Mulleriyawa Mental Hospital, killing some inmates. It appeared that the pilot had mistaken the buildings for the Echelon Barracks. One fell near the Maradana railway station, partly damaging it. There were many deaths and more casualties, most of them civilians. To prevent bombs falling on hospitals, it was decided to have a large red cross painted on the roofs for the guidance of the pilots."
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