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Ridi Viharaya

Ridi Gama, Ancient Central, Sri Lanka.
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Ridi Viharaya lies about 20 kilometres away from the ancient kingdom of Kurunegala in a small village called Ridi Gama. This temple is believed to be built by King Dutugemunu in the 2nd century BC as a memorial to the place where he found a silver (ridi) ore mine which was used to finance the building of the gigantic Ruwanweli Seya.
According to the ancient book called ‘Ridi Vihara Asna,’ when King Dutugemunu was coming to the competed temple with the Buddha Statue brought from India, the cart had got stuck between some rocks and couldn’t be moved. The King, disappointed, had sat on the rock refusing to move until the cart was moved. Arhath Indragupta Thero (the same thero who showed the merchant the way to the silver mine) had seen this and made the statue float in the sky and travel through air all the way to the temple.
Today this 2,200 year old statue can be seen at the very spot that the silver ore was found inside the pahatha maluwa protected by a glass casing.

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