Kaluwamodara Sri Kalyanaramaya Purana Viharaya (කලුවාමෝදර ශ්‍රී කල්‍යානාරාම පුරාණ විහාරය)

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Kaluwamodara Sri Kalyanaramaya is located about one km from Aluthgama town towards Colombo on the Galle Road itself. The temple which started around in 1825, is today home to the largest Marble Buddha Statue in the country. According to the information on the temple, This 5-foot 9-inch marble statue was donated around 1877 from Burma (now Myanmar). However, we were told that after the publicity of this statue representative of the Myanmar Embassy visited the temple and informed that that this statue is much older than 130 years.

If you are travelling from Colombo the entrance to the land side between the famous Kande Viharaya and the Aluthgama town. All the buildings are freshly painted including the circular image house which houses the marble Buddha. On the side of the image house is a stone inscription made by the donor of the land and the image house. According to it, this image house was built during the 1899-1900 time period. Until recently the marble statue has been lying open inside this room but after the archaeological department established its value and named it as a protected monument, a glass chamber has been built around it. The statue itself is white in color and the robe and the hair are marked in black. The edges of the robe and the hair are decorated with glittering pieces and colored stones.

On one corner of the temple is an image house with a large reclining Buddha statue. on the left, this is a statue of Buddha preaching the ‘Dham Sak Pawathum Sutra to his very first disciples.

On the right side is an unusual depiction of Buddha walking from house to house for alms and meeting with his father, King Suddhodana.

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Travel Directions to Kaluwamodara Sri Kalyanarama Purana Viharaya

Route from Colombo to Kaluwamodara Sri Kalyanarama Purana Viharaya
Though : Panadura – Kalutara – Beruwala
Distance : 60 km
Travel time :1.5 hours.
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