Natha Devales

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  • Address: Temple Square 20000, Kandy, Sri Lanka.
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Phone: 9481-2222608
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 00:30 Mins
  • Tags: Religious Site, Temple

Natha Devales - Review

The oldest building in Kandy, Natha Devale dates back o the 14th century. This is a double shrine and is a place of pious importance to the locals.  The alluring porch pinnacle, the jakatas, beautiful room drums and the pavilions with reclining Buddha make this place worth visiting.

This bustling temple is a mark of unification of two religions Buddhism and Hinduism. The Hindu God Vishnu has his own shrine n the temple as he was considered to be the protector of Buddhism.

It is considered to be the structure prior even to the historical tooth relic’s entrance in the country.

The annual Natha Devale procession is of immense importance and is worth watching.

Natha Devales Information

  • It is a religious place, so try to keep intact the sanctity of the place and make way for the local devotees.
  • It is best to be full clad while visiting the shrine.
  • Remove your footwear before entering but it is advisable to wear the socks so as to avoid your feet from burning.

How To reach Natha Devales by Public Transport

  • You can hire a three-wheeler which is called a tuk-tuk. Walking is also recommended as all the attractions are close to each other.

Restaurants Near Natha Devales

  • Flower Song Restaurant
  • The Bake House
  • KFC

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  • Natha Devales Address: Temple Square 20000, Kandy, Sri Lanka.
  • Natha Devales Contact Number: 9481-2222608
  • Natha Devales Timing: 24-hrs
  • Natha Devales Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Natha Devales(preferred time): 09:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Natha Devales: 00:30 Mins
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Things to Know Before Visiting Natha Devales

  • 95% of people who visit Kandy include Natha Devales in their plan

  • 19.54% of people start their Natha Devales visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Natha Devales

Monday, Thursday and Saturday

72.53% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Natha Devales

People normally club together Temple Of Sacred Tooth Relic Or Sri Dalada Maligawa and Udawattakelle Sanctury while planning their visit to Natha Devales.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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  • Natha devalaya is one of the four temples located adjoining the infamous and most respected "temple of tooth" of lord Buddha. This temple is situated in a spacious and tranquil land with a bodhi tree. A person visiting the temple of tooth should not miss to visit this tranquil temple which is located so close to the Dalada maligawa. This temple is said to be the oldest of the 4 Devales connected to the main royal palace and temple complex. As the main one has a lot of visitors and tourists, it is worth visiting the Devales which are a bit quieter and more tranquil if you would like to stop and take some time just to take in the whole place. It isn't far at all, so worth going to on your way in/out.

  • The Nàtha Devàla is located on the terrace, in front of the Palace complex of Kandy. It is said to have been in existence even before the Tooth Relic was brought to Kandy.The oldest extant structure in Kandy, it is said to have been built by King Vikramabahu III in the 14th century. The history of the worship of God Natha is not clear. The name 'Natha' literally means ‘no form’ and ‘no shape’, and is therefore generally associated with Lord Maitreya, the next Buddha. (Source: Wikipedia)

  • Natha dewalaya is one of the hathara dewal in kandy.

  • Natha Devalaya is one of the Hatara Devale in the Kandy, the other three being the Vishnu, Kataragama and Patini. These four Devalayas have a long association with the Royal Palace ( Maha Vasala) and the Temple of Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa) and has been venerated by Buddhists and Hindus alike from the inception. During the Kandy period, Natha was was the highest ranking deity, and then is was Vishnu, Kataragama and Patini in that order. It is also believed that the “Natha” appeared in many forms in Sri Lanka in different regions and during different Eras. One of these forms is “Avaloktheeshvara” Bodhisattva who is a highly worshipped Bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism. The “Natha Devale” is situated directly facing the Dalada Maligaya and this building is the oldest surviving structure from the Kandyan Kingdom. The devale was built by King Vickramabahu III in the 14th Century. The building has a Dravidian architecture with a “gedige” style. The structure has 3 stories but the 1st and the 2nd floor levels serves no practical purpose. The roof is a dome with a shape of a stupa. The Devale has two stupas and a recent excavations have revealed a circular shape basement probably a Mandapa which has been destroyed by invaders. The stupa near the Devale is thought to contain the bowl relic of Buddha and was broken in to by Relic Hunters in 1889. The Image house facing east contains an ancient “siripathul gala” or a foot print of Buddha engraved on a stone. The Bodhi tree in this devale is a sampling of the Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura. The Vahalkada or the entrance to the area is a roofed building with two guard stones on the sides and a makara thorana on the top. This Devale also plays a key role in the appointment of a new King. All newly appointed kings would come infornt of the image of the Natha and select a name by which he is to be known. Primary Source : “Kandy” By Central Cultural Fund

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