Ridi Viharaya



Ridi Viharaya
Varaka Velandu Viharaya (Jackfruit Temple)

The little- visited Ridi Viharaya, or Silver Temple, was founded by King Dutugemunu on the spot where a vein of silver ore was discovered. The temple complex comprises rock-out shrines, hermitages and dagobas; some of the best examples of traditional Kandyan frescoes can be here. Upon entering the complex, the shrine on the left is the Varakha Valanda Vihara, or the Jackfruit Temple. Originally built as a Hindu temple in traditional south Indian style, it was converted into a Buddhist shrine during the Kandyan period. The main temple, Pahala Vihara, lies further ahead. It houses a golden seated Buddha and a large reclining Buddha. A platform in front of the reclining statue is inset with blue and white Dutch tiles, depicting scenes. There is a beautifully carved door frame inlaid with ivory right next to the entrance. more