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Dondra Shrine is a mix of a Buddhist temple and some shrines of several gods. Among them, the shrine of the God Vishnu (Uthpalawanna Sri Vishnu Devalaya) is the main and the largest one. Legends say that Dondra is the home of God Vishnu.
So I was on my way to the dondra lighthouse and my bus from Matara dropped me outside this beautiful yellow arch. I could see the grey Buddha but has no idea that the 3 tiered blue building was a Vishnu temple. Photography not allowed...More
An elephant was chained by front and back legs in the temple grounds . It couldn’t move and certainly couldn’t lie down . It was displaying traumatised and stressed behaviour - rocking from side to side .
There was no water . It’s an absolute...More
The place called “City of God” a close city to Matara. There is a temple found Dondra Temple which has more than thousand years. The Dondra temple a place to devote to God Vishnu and that is the only one temple devoted to Lord Vishnu....More
This is a 'must see' Temple for those interested in Sri Lankan religions and the significant locations of in the land. The modern day Temple here has replaced an original that was destroyed in the era of the Portuguese. It is a 'Vishnu' shrine and...More
Quite a disturbing visit to the temple. To see two elephants chained in the grounds showing real signs of distress, was totally unacceptable.
All at the feet of Master Buddha who taught compassion and kindness for all life. This isn't the face of Buddhism I...More
The god Upulvan is considered as a guardian deity of Lanka and protector of Buddhism. The word upulvan depicts the color of blue water lily and the God's complexion is also blue. So that it leads to a confusion that god Upulvan and God Vishnu...More
Devundara( Dondra Vishnu Devalaya is the most revered Vishnu Devalaya in the country. It's also called "Upulwan"Devalaya another name for Vishnu in Sinhala
A perehara similar to Kandy Perehra is conducted annually in Devundara organised by the Devalaya in the same month ( August )and...More