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Bellanwila Raja Maha Vihara (Bellanwila Temple)

Dehiwala Road, Bellanwila

The Bellanwila Raja Maha Vihara is a popular temple just outside of Colombo (Boralesgamuwa). The bodhi-tree on the temple premises is one of the thirty-two saplings from the sacred bodhi tree in Anuradhapura, distributed over 2000 years ago. It also known for its big, bright and beautiful statues and murals.




The Bellanwila temple is known for it's most sacred "Bellanwila Bo Tree" which is 2300 years old. The Bo tree is considered as one of the first Thirty two saplings (Young trees) which arose spontaneously from Jaya Sri Maha Bodiya- Anuradhapura on the 7th day of it's plantation ceremony. The King Dewanampiyathissa who has planted the "Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi" has invited prominent ruling heads from each respective area of the country and handed over these thirty two saplings to be planted in their ruling areas. Sri Maha Bodiya was planted in 288 BC which is 2300 years back. The thirty two saplings including "Bellanwila Bo Tree" are only seven days younger to Sri Maha Bodhiya. From these thirty two saplings only four to five Bo Trees Including "Bellanwila" are survived or recognizable today.

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Dehiwala Road, Bellanwila


From Galle Road just turn into Hill Street and keep going, take the right fork and pass the Bellantota junction. The temple is about 15 minutes from that junction, just before the Weras Lake. The long yellow walls on your left will be hard to miss.


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