Isipathanaramaya Buddhist TempleCurrently Closed
- Address: Isipathana Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Timings: 09:30 am - 04:30 pm Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 00:30 Mins
- Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Family And Kids
The temple, built in 1916, was constructed by a father in memory of his son. The father was D.D. Pedris, whose son Henri Pedris was executed by the British on a false charge of rioting. The temple is known for its large stupa, the many exquisitely carved Buddha statues, and a beautiful boa tree. The walls are filled with murals painted in the 1920s. The chambers are filled with Hindu and Buddhist relics and artefacts. People visit it as much for its serene atmosphere as for its many architectural highlights.
- Take a tuk-tuk, taxi, or local bus to here.
- Drive or walk to here.
- Isipathana Bus Stop
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35.38% of people who visit Colombo include Isipathanaramaya Buddhist Temple in their plan
12 PM - 1 PM
80.14% of people start their Isipathanaramaya Buddhist Temple visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Isipathanaramaya Buddhist Temple
94.72% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Isipathanaramaya Buddhist Temple
Isipathanaramaya located in Havelock Town (Colombo 05) is one such Buddhist Temple that’s one of the oldest within the city. It was built in 1916, by a wealthy merchant named Duenuge Disan Pedris in the memory of his late son Captain Henry Pedris, who had been executed by the British on false allegations of incitement of the racial riots in 1915. As the story goes, that was the year of the Sinhala-Muslim riots that started in Kandy because of reports of a group of Muslims throwing stones at a Buddhist event. It spread across the island like wildfire, and British governor came to the verge of losing control of the population. He declared martial law, and ordered a death-without-trial order on any person deemed a rioter. Unfortunately the illustrious and well-known Captain Henry, had been the object of envy for many locals. One of them, Solomon Dias Bandaranaike, who was the main native translator decided to use this opportunity to get rid of this thorn that threatened his power. He created false charges that Henry was involved in the riots and the Captain was branded traitor and executed without trial. His body was buried in dishonor, much to the distress of his family. It was only several years later that the truth came out and the late Captain was cleared of his charges.
Clam and peaceful Buddhist Temple for prayer.
Usually it's a little bit crowded on a poya day, but most of the time it's a very calm and a quiet place. A nice place for meditation. This place has parking space for around 20 vehicles. Recommended to visit after 6pm IST.
peaceful place. good sunday school. old temple.
Peaceful place. Only temple in Colombo with a such a calm atmosphere.