The fact remains the fact. The title nation of Sri Lanka — Sinhalese — is very superstitious. And every important event in religious, social and even family life must be checked with the heavenly clock and planets. To fix the date of a very important transaction or wedding
, naming a newborn or bookmarking the first stone in the home
construction — all this in Sri Lanka is strictly observed and is taken into account in our days.
Astronomical knowledge and astrological science of Sinhalese are of Indian origin. Here we find the same basic concepts in India as the celestial bodies, their motion, the same ways of taking into account changes in the star sky, the principles of building a calendar.
is a Buddhist cave temple, located near the village of Ridigama
, which is 19 km away. to the north-east of Kurunegala — the administrative center of the North-Western Province.
The Ridi Vihara complex consists of two objects: located near the high rock of buildings and cave temples — actually Ridi Vihara, and located slightly in the side of the low rock hill Sarasum Gala with a stupa and ancient cave cells.
The history of the Ridi Vihara dates back to the 2nd century BC, as evidenced by the rock carvings found here, made with ancient Brahmi letters.
The name of the village verbatim from Sinhalese
means «Silver Village» (Ridi — «silver» + Gama «village»), and the names of the temple complex, as «Silver Temple» (Ridi + Vihara), which is associated with the legend of the miraculous discovery of a deposit of silver. The description of this story is given in the Sinhala «Great Chronicle» — Mahavamsa.
Perhaps, every capital city of any state has ecologically clean recreational zones and territories of special relation to animals, and, of course, a zoo. The capital of Sri Lanka Colombo
proudly owns one of the oldest and largest zoos in Asia.
In one of the nearest suburbs of Colombo — Dehiwala
— the eponymous National Zoological Garden of Dehwala is located. It is situated to the southeast of the business district of Colombo Wellawatta in easy accessibility, both by transport and on foot. This is especially easy if you stopped yourself in Colombo
or Mount Lavinia
Kahandawa Purana Rajamaha Viharaya
is an ancient Buddhist temple located in the Kahandava district in Rekawa
, on the way Tissamaharama
. The temple belongs to the department of the secretariat of the Tangalle
Vihara goes back to the early period Anuradhapura
. This is evidenced by the inscriptions on the old Sinhalese
language, carved into stone on the Brahmi alphabets, found on the site of the temple. According to legends, the temple got its name from the yellow eel. As they say, the eel of yellow color was the keeper of the treasures enclosed inside the ancient temple daghoba. The rock on which the Dagobah is based still keeps three inscriptions dating back to the 2nd-3rd centuries AD.