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Padeniya Raja Maha Viharaya

Padeniya, Padeniya, Ancient Central, Sri Lanka.
Location : Padeniya
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The Padeniya Raja Maha Viharaya is a quaint archaeological treasure that lies within a newly-built temple wall. The ancient temple is situated on a low rock overlooking a small lake. The surface of the rock is uneven, slanting and is the foundation upon which is raised the temple.
A few steps with a roughly hewn moon stone (without any carving or other decorations) at the bottom of it, makes up the three entrances fitted with waist high half doors of timber. The building comprises a central shrine room surrounded by an open gallery. The doorway to the shrine room is elaborately decorated. The gallery also includes some heavily carved wooden pillars.
The unique feature in this temple is its brilliant coloured frieze of lions that goes almost all around the four sides of the outer wall, forming a kind of screen between the half wall and the roof.
The bo tree with its own little square around it stands on a higher elevation on an artificial mound of stones shaped into a stepped pyramid, and spreads its shade over the traditional double pitched design of the temple roof beneath it. Outside the temple an ancient stone altar stands alone, away from the more modern tiled altars.

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