Gadaladeniya Temple  
ගඩලාදෙණිය රජමහා විහාරය  
 Known as:   Gadaladeniya Raja maha viharaya    
 Description:   Gadaladenyia Vihara also known as Saddharmatilaka Vihara or Dharma Kirthi Viharaya is an ancient Buddhist temple situated in Pilimathalawa, Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is considered one of the largest rock temples in Sri Lanka.
The history of the temple goes back to the 14th century. According to historical reports this temple was built in 1344, under the patronage of King Bhuvanekabahu IV, who reigned from 1341 to 1351 A. D.,by the Ven. Seelavamsa Dharmakirti. The architecture of the temple was designed following Hindu artistic styles by, Ganesvarachari, a South Indian architect. On the rock outcrop, upon which the temple stands, is a carved inscription regarding the temple's construction. The temple was constructed in the Dravidian architectural style incorporating Sinhalese architecture from the Polonnaruwa era and other Indo Chinese architectural patterns.
The temple was abandoned until King Vira Parakrama Narendra Sinha (1707-1739) handed over it to Weliwita Sri Saranankara Thero, whose pupils have looked after the temple ever since.
 Province   Central  Direction:      
 District   Kandy    
 City   Gadaladeniya  Comments:    Official Web:    
 Genre   Temple      Related links:      
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 Entry fee   N/A     GPS :   7.25763, 80.55615  
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