Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena, Kandy

#10 of 13 in Historic Sites in Kandy
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Asgiri Maha Viharaya (also called Asgiriya temple, Asgiriya Gedige) is a Buddhist monastery located in Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is the headquarters of the Asgiriya chapter of Siyam Nikaya, one of the two Buddhist monasteries that holds the custodianship of sacred tooth relic of Buddha kept in Sri Dalada Maligawa, Kandy. The chief incumbent of the Asgiri Maha Viharaya is the Mahanayaka thero of Asgiri chapter of Siyam nikaya, a leading Buddhist monastic fraternity in Sri Lanka. The present chief incumbent of Asgiri Maha Viharaya is Venerable Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thero. Asgiri Maha Vihara traces its origin from the Wanavasi sect of the Dimbulagala forest monastery of Polonnaruva. Currently, 565 Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka function under Asgiri Viharaya of Kandy.

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  • Beside the fact that the Stupa is beautiful (Inside and outside), the place is worth visiting because many monks live there, a school for the monks is there as well.  more »
  • This is one of the main chapter of Buddhism here in Sri Lanka. A must if you are here.You have to walk a bit to visit.  more »
  • This place is very historic. There is an important a piriven here. Buddhist monks teach there. This place was built by a king. Therefore, this place is important to Buddhists
  • Nice place. Peaceful. Clams your mind.

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