Sambodhi Chaithya is a Buddhist temple with a very interesting and interesting architecture. It is visible to anyone visiting Colombo Port. The entire structure was created in 1956 by the highly respected local engineer A.N.S. Kulasinghe. This entire project was initiated as part of the celebration of the 2500 years since the creation of Buddhism, which was enumerated after the passing of the Parinirvana of the Gautama Buddha. Named after the festival, the temple is named after the Sri Sambuddha Jayanthi Chaithya. The white stupa is more bell-shaped than the spherical shape commonly used in modern Sri Lankan architecture, and is placed on a balanced rectangular platform in the center of the arches and supported by four threads.
The entire structure is 261 feet (80 m) high. The interconnecting arches are 107 feet (33 m) high, and the main stage is a one-story building. At the top is a stupa with a circumference of 158 feet (48 m). Adding to the space rocket launch pad is the access tower that runs along the main structure. At 11 feet high and the 258-foot tower, the platform below the stupa is joined by a metal walkway.
Once inside, you will find yourself underneath the huge dome of the stupa. In the center of the round deck is a temple with four statues of Buddha. The Therapist Buddhist monk and reputed Sri Lankan painter Venerable Mapalagama has 31 paintings of frescoes by Wipulasara Maha Thera (1925-2000). These murals depict the life of the Buddha and Buddhist sites in Sri Lanka. On the walls above the mural are four statues of cardinal places. These figures are the defense gods of the island and the guardians of Buddhism.
The Sambodhi Chaithya is located at the corner of the Chaithya Road, passing the Colombo Lighthouse. It is open from dawn to dusk. Admission is free. . After you visit the stupa, it is worth taking some time to explore below. Here you will find a Bo tree planted by the former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Sirimavo Bandaranaike. Across the land is an old artillery, anchor and vintage steam crane. The Maritime Museum of Sri Lanka Ports Authority is situated adjoining the Sambodhi Chaithya.
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