KELANIYA THROUGH THE AGES

Kelaniya (Kalyani in Sanskrit) where the temple is situated, was one of the cradles of civilization in ancient times. Its history can be traced back to the pre=historic age. All civilizations in the world arose in river valleys. It was so with Kelaniya too. In those Pre-historic time’s human settlements sprang up in this valley, and Kelaniya being central to the region, became the oldest capital of Sri Lanka.

The Pre-Historic Era

The Buddha’s Visit (Circa 500 B.C.)

EARLY HISTORIC ERA

In The Anuradhapura period

In The Polonnaruwa Period (1070 – 1215 A.D.)

In The Dambadeniya Period (1215-1412)

Late Historic Era

The Kotte Period (1412-1551 AD)

In the Portuguese and Dutch Period (1551-1796 A.D.)

The British Period - (1796-1948 A.D)

Mrs. Helena Wijewardene of Sedawatte Walawwa

Solius Mendis, the Artist and Sculptor

SCULPTURES AND PAINTINGS

The Old Paintings

The New Paintings

Mr. Don Walter Wijewardene, the Pioneer of the Duruthu Perahera

In the Modern Period

Ven. Thalewela Vijitha Dhammarakkhita Thera

The Kelaniya Dhamma School

THE DURUTHU PERAHERA AND FESTIVAL