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Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya

Boralesgamuwa, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Location : Boralesgamuwa
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Situated in Bellanwila, Colombo District. In the temple-studded paradise island of Sri Lanka, Bellanwila Rajamaha Vihara occupies a special place. This temple is considered so sacred that there is a long cherished belief that a child who treads the ground under the shade of its scared Bodhi-tree will never fail in life.
Bellanwila temple has a long and hallowed history. The great sanctity attached to the temple is due to its sacred Bodhi-tree. There is authoritative literary evidence in ancient texts such as the Sinhala Bodhivamsaya which records that this Bodhi-tree is one of the 32 saplings that sprang from the sacred Bodhi-tree at Anuradhapura planted in the 3rd century B.C.E.
The reason why this particular spot at Bellanwila was selected is not clear. Scholars have forwarded various hypotheses. But what appears plausible is that even at such early times this particular spot had been recognised as a hallowed site, and further, that there may have already been a well established shrine here with resident holy monks.
In the 15th century, Bellanwila again is mentioned in literary works. This is when Kotte, which is in close proximity to Bellanwila, became the capital. In the Kotte period Buddhism rose to great heights with the royal patronage of King Parakramabahu VI (1412-1467).

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