Ridi Vihara (Photos By Dominic Sansoni).

Ridi Viharaya or Silver Temple is a 2nd-century BCE Theravada Buddhist temple in the village of Ridigama.

“”We were traveling to Matale, from Colombo and via Kurunegala, and my companion suggested a stop at Ridi Viharaya. This is one of the nicest and most interesting Buddhist temples I have ever seen. Beautifully located, it has the main Image House under a large overhang of rock, and dont miss the small, and charmingly named, Waraka Welandu Viharaya.

The Makara Thorana above the entrance to the Maha Viharaya is intricate and fine. I had just an hour i which to take some pictures, but I could have happily spent the rest of the day photographing the interior.””

– Dominic Sansoni – photographer

Ridi Vihara means silver temple. It was built by King Dutugemunu on the site of a great silver ore deposit. That silver was used for the Ruwanwelisaya stupa in Anuradhapura, but the temple here is still quite a sight.

There is an upper and lower temple and the highlights are a 9m reclining Buddha as well as Dutch tiles and artwork depicting Christian themes as well. There is Hindu artwork as well, depicting Ravana from the Ramayana.

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