Religious Place, Uva Province, Sri Lanka: Travel/Tourist Information Guide

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Adisham Monastery

It is located in Haputale.The monastery or Adisham Hall is built in 1931 and previously owned by Sir Thomas Lester Villiers. After passing through the hands of many owners right now the monastery is owned by Roman Catholic Church and Hall is converted into a monastery. Monastery’s cottage gardens have a western style and attract many travelers today. The library and the living room inside are open to public. The library contains many old books and ancient tomes. The hall contains a local shop which sells products from the gardens.

Maha Devale

Maha Devale is an important temple complex for both Hindus and Buddhists. It is also known as Kataragama Temple. The temple complex is dedicated to Kataragama deviyo. It has been considered hallowed ground since almost three hundred years before the birth of Christ, and it one of the sixteen places said to have been consecrated by Gautama Buddha as he meditated. It contains the Lance of Skanda which is the 6 faced, 12 armed Hindu God of War, who is supposed to have rested on top of Kataragama mountain after defeating an army of demons. Followers make offerings in this shrine daily at 4.30 am, 10.30 am and 6.30 pm.

Kiri Vehera

Kiri Vehera is located in Kataragama. It is standing in close proximity to Maha Devala was built by the King Mahasena. According to the legend, the King met Lord Buddha and listen to Buddha’s discourse and as a token of gratitude, the degoba was built on theat exact spot where it now stands. It is 95 ft in height with a circumference of 280 ft.

Ul-Khizr Mosque

Ul-Khizr is a mosque containing Muslim saints from Kyrgyzstan India. It is located in Kataragama. The tomb is visited by tourists for its beauty with colored tile work and wooden lintels.