Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya
Kelaniya is an ancient city located on the banks of the Kalyani River or the Kelani River, marking a significant milestone in the history of Sri Lanka.
The history of Kelaniya dates back to the 6th century BC and it is said that the third visit of the Buddha to Ceylon took place at the invitation of King Maniakkhitha.
The kingdom of Kalyani which was started by King Kelanitissa in the 2nd century BC was also based in Kelaniya.
The most important religious site in the city of Kalyani is the Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya.
It is said that throughout the history, the Rajaraja ministers made village offerings and development to the Kelani Vihara and by the time of the Kotte period it had become very advanced.
However, the temple declined under their influence during the Portuguese rule, but flourished again during the Dutch rule. The temple was further developed under the patronage of King Keerthi Sri Rajasinghe.
Today, the Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya, which is revered by local and foreign Buddhists, is also a well-known Theravada Buddhist shrine.