Guardian Deity, Borella


Image below is of a poster advertising the temple of the village guardian (Gambara) deity referred to as the "Suniyam" God. Not sure about the meaning of the "Siddha" in the title. Click on the image for more translations of the lettering. The village guardian title seems ironic since the temple is located in Borella … Continue reading Guardian Deity, Borella

Isipathanaramaya Buddhist Temple Colombo Sri Lanka From Google Earth


Dominic has put up some great photographs of the stunning paintings and statues of this temple's image house. The artwork was carried out in the 1920s by an artist called Sarlis Master who I think is still unparalleled in this century. For the temple's location, here's the Wikimapia link. I couldn't find much about Isipathanaramaya … Continue reading Isipathanaramaya Buddhist Temple Colombo Sri Lanka From Google Earth

Colombo Dawn, Sunday


Speeding along alone to a small temple across town after having woken up in the pre dawn dark. Fiancee's folks are have been having some small Pirith sessions at their place. Just the three of them, my parents and humble self. A short bout of chanting about an hour on Friday and Saturday evening. Sunday … Continue reading Colombo Dawn, Sunday

Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple Colombo Sri Lanka


I have an older blog post about my family's generational ties to this temple - even though its not exactly our "local" one. The post also blogs about the spectacular art work in the image house. Found this article about "Sarlis Master", the artist who painted the murals. As usual, the Wikimapia location Links to … Continue reading Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple Colombo Sri Lanka

Personal history, Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple Colombo Sri Lanka


Took part in a family ritual older than myself. A dana (alms giving) for monks at the Asokaramaya in Thimbirigasyaya. In memory for a grandfather who was gone before I was born. The event is a fixture in the childhood of humble self and the relevant cousins. Today's is my first as an adult. In … Continue reading Personal history, Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple Colombo Sri Lanka