Buddhists believe that the Temple Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya in 2035 (according to Buddhist calendar) visited the Great Buddha. In the place where now is located the stupa (on the right of the entrance to the temple), the Buddha sat on a Golden throne and preached his doctrine.
This temple, known and honoured not only in Sri Lanka but all over the world, is 7 km away from Colombo on the banks of the river Kelaniya. The first mention of it found in history in the V century BC.
On the left side of the entrance to the temple believers meditate and make wishes under the sacred Bodhi tree. Inside the temple is decorated with magnificent frescos and sculptures depicting Buddha in his many myths and legends.
Every year in January during the full moon near the Temple there is a festive procession – the Duruthu Perahera, in which the music and dances of decorated elephants marching, performing artists, dancers, musicians, acrobats and jugglers of torches with fire. A colourful spectacle attracts to participate in the festival atmosphere not only Lankans but also many tourists.