It is a day when the sale of alcohol and meat is banned island wide. If you wanted alcohol on Friday in the hotel you had to buy it on Thursday and drink it in your room on Friday. Meat was served in the restaurants however.
There are 12 or 13 Poya days in the year. It is the day that practising Buddhists go to temple to make offerings and to pray. They usually wear white or light coloured clothes.
We decided to go and visit the small temple close to the hotel. We changed into white clothes and set off. It was nice to get out for a walk. A tuk tuk driver followed us up to the temple and kindly took time to explain a little of what we were seeing.
|Inside the temple|
|Decoration on the walls|
|Beautifully painted ceiling.|
He also told us that three young boys that we saw there were going to become monks next week. Interestingly, at the back of the temple in the main building, there was a figure from the Hindu religion. According to our guide, a Sri Lankan King married an Indian Princess and as a result statues from the Hindu religion were added to the Buddhist temples so she could worship in the same place as her husband. Our visit was before the Poya ceremonies, so the temple was quiet The main service would begin that evening at 18.30
|Room for Hindu God in the Buddhist temple|
|Kande Vihayara, a busy day at the temple.|
|Offerings made to Buddha|
|The Stupa - this literally means heap. It is a shrine usually holding Buddhist relics,|
most often the ashes of monks
This Bodhi tree has a history going back to more than 300 years.
|The Bodha Tree. This one has an octagonal building around it each side depicting scenes from Buddha's life.|
New Image House is located under this statue and depicts many stories and incidents related to the life of Buddha.
|This statute of Buddha is reputedly the tallest in Sri Lanka.|
|Inside the "New Picture House"|
|New Picture House|
|The Three Musketeers....eh....volunteers!|
|New Picture House|
|I'm not sure someone didn't paint this guy!|
|The call to prayer?|
|Answering the call.|
|The steps up to the temple complex.|
|It is usual to purchase fruit or flowers as a gift to temple|
|Our Tuk Tuk. - this is our main means of transportation|