The Navam Perahera, held annually in February, displays the rich religious and cul.. more
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Nalanda is situated one km to the east of the A9 route 20km north of Alu vihara. Nalanda Gedige is one of a number of remarkable archaeological sites in Sri Lanka. Gedige is an image house - is strongly recommended, because it exhibits a composite style of architecture unique in Sri Lanka, and an extraordinary fusion of Hinduism and Buddhism. To cap it all, this remarkable shrine occupies an extremely picturesque. The small building is designed like a Hindu temple with a mandapa, an entrance hall (originally roofed), a short passage to a bare cello, and an ambulatory round the holy center. There is no sign of Hindu gods, however, and the temple is said to have been used by Buddhists. This is one of the earliest buildings of stone constructed in Ceylon. The richly decorated facade sections, laboriously reassembled in 1975, are predominantly in the South Indian style, and may have originated in the eighth to 11th centuries. . It is possible that Nalanda Gedige was a bold attempt at a fusion of Tamil and Sinhalese cultures.
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