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Ceylon & Sri Lanka Stamps Banknotes Coins, Kelaniya Temple (1)

Collection of Stamps for Sri Lanka (& Ceylon before 1972). Collectors items related to Kelaniya Temple. The Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara or Kelaniya Temple is a Buddhist temple in Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.



Situated about six miles from Colombo, set within a sacred area of around ten acres, the Kelani Vihara stands beside the Kelani river as evidence of a Buddhist tradition in this country. The spot on which this vihara stands derived its sanctity in the Buddhist era 2531, with the third visit of the Buddha to this country. He hallowed this ground by His visit accompanied by 500 Arahants. The fact that the Buddha visited the spot on a Wesak day on the invitation of King Maniakkhika is given in the historic epics of Sri Lanka. The Naga King, according to these chronicles had invited the Buddha to a repast at this spot which following the expounding of the Dhamma was consecrated and on which the King had built a vehera wherein the Buddha's hair and the utensils use at the repast together with the seat on which the Buddha sat were buried. However with the advent of time and the destruction of the vihara by the foreign invaders has resulted in the original dageba being lost today.



Kaleniya Vihara however, received its hallowed status and became a place of Buddhist worship after venerable Mahinda brought the Dhamma to this country. According to the Mahawansa King Devanampiyatissa's brother Uttiya renovated the vihara for the first time. He is also said to have built the first Quaters of the Monks (Sanghawasa) there. Historical evidence shows that the Kelaniya Vihara was at its highest glory during the Kotte Era. By the time the Portuguese conquered the country considerable land had been donated by the kings to the Kelaniya Vihara, and when in 1510 the Portuguese entered and destroyed the secret temple. They had confiscated this land preventing Buddhists from worshiping at the temple. Restrictions placed on the development of Kelaniya were reduced with the advent of the Dutch. They in 1767 perhaps in order to gain King Kirthi Sri Rajasingha's good will permitted him to develop Kelaniya Vihara. Thus the reconstruction of the Vihara was undertaken by the then Chief incumbent Venerable Mapitigama Buddharakkhita. He was provided with funds from the treasury. The King was so overjoyed at the way the work was handled that further grants of lands had been given to the vihara.

Ceylon & Sri Lanka - Stamp Mini Sheets (Souvenir Sheets)

Vesak 1998 (Wall Paintings from Kelaniya Temple)

Date: 30-Apr-98
Denomination: 1r, 2r50c, 4r, 17r
Country: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Stamp Mini Sheet - Vesak 1998 (Wall Paintings from Kelaniya Temple) in collection of Stamp Mini Sheets one of many items in Catagories: Vesak, Buddhism, History & Archology.

SS-LK-00510

Ceylon & Sri Lanka - Mint Stamps

Vesak Festival. Wall Paintings from Kelaniya Temple (1r)

Date: 30-Apr-98
Denomination: 1r
Country: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Mint Stamp - Vesak Festival. Wall Paintings from Kelaniya Temple from 1998 in collection of Mint Stamps belonging to Catagories: Vesak, Buddhism, History & Archology.

MS-LK-98011

Ceylon & Sri Lanka - Mint Stamps

Vesak Festival. Wall Paintings from Kelaniya Temple (2r50c)

Date: 30-Apr-98
Denomination: 2r50c
Country: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Mint Stamp - Vesak Festival. Wall Paintings from Kelaniya Temple from 1998 in collection of Mint Stamps one in large number of items in Catagories: Vesak, Buddhism, History & Archology.

MS-LK-98012

Ceylon & Sri Lanka - Mint Stamps

Vesak Festival. Wall Paintings from Kelaniya Temple (17r)

Date: 30-Apr-98
Denomination: 17r
Country: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Mint Stamp - Vesak Festival. Wall Paintings from Kelaniya Temple from 1998 in collection of Mint Stamps part of Catagories: Vesak, Buddhism, History & Archology.

MS-LK-98014

Sri Lanka used stamps

Vesak. Kelaniya Temple Paintings

Date: 03-May-79
Denomination: 25c
Country: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Used Stamp - Vesak. Kelaniya Temple Paintings from 1979 in collection of Used Stamps one of many items in Catagories: Vesak, Buddhism, History & Archology.

US-LK-79021

Sri Lanka used stamps

Vesak. Kelaniya Temple Paintings - Theri Sanghamitta

Date: 03-May-79
Denomination: 1r
Country: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Used Stamp - Vesak. Kelaniya Temple Paintings - Theri Sanghamitta from 1979 in collection of Used Stamps an item in the Catagories: Vesak, Buddhism, History & Archology.

US-LK-79022

 
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