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DAMBULLA CAVE TEMPLE | GOLDEN TEMPLE DAMBULLA

( DAMBULLA ROCK TEMPLE | DAMBULLA CAVES )

Located in the ancient capital of Sinhalese kings, Anuradhapura, Dambulla Cave Temple has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, owing to its rich Buddhist heritage. This cave complex has been inhabited by Buddhist monks since the 3rd century BC, resulting in its transformation over the years into one of the most outstanding religious constructions in South Asia.

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HISTORY OF DAMBULLA CAVE TEMPLE

According to historical scriptures, monks of the Dambulla Cave Temple assisted King Valagamba when he fled from his kingdom following South Indian invasions. To honor the deed, the King developed the cave complex into a splendid monastery upon reclaiming his reign.

King Nissankamalla, who was of South Indian origins, decorated the Dambulla Cave Temple by gilding several Buddha statues and the cave interiors in gold, earning it the name “Rangiri Dambulu Viharaya” which translates to “The golden temple of Dambulla”.

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WHAT TO SEE AT DAMBULLA ROCK TEMPLE

The walls of the Dambulla Cave Temple have been adorned with colorful and well-preserved murals depicting Lord Buddha, his disciples, royalty, and deities.

In addition, distinctively colored 153 Buddha statues, statues of 3 Sri Lankan kings and four statues of deities can be seen within the caves.

These statues and murals provide valuable insight into the evolution of traditional Sri Lankan art and the influence of Hindu culture on their evolution.

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THE CAVES OF ROCK TEMPLE

According to historical scriptures, monks of the Dambulla Cave Temple assisted King Valagamba when he fled from his kingdom following South Indian invasions. To honor the deed, the King developed the cave complex into a splendid monastery upon reclaiming his reign.

King Nissankamalla, who was of South Indian origins, decorated the Dambulla Cave Temple by gilding several Buddha statues and the cave interiors in gold, earning it the name “Rangiri Dambulu Viharaya” which translates to “The golden temple of Dambulla”.

What To See

The walls of the Dambulla Cave Temple have been adorned with colourful and well-preserved murals depicting Lord Buddha, his disciples, royalty, and deities. In addition, distinctively colored 153 Buddha statues, statues of 3 Sri Lankan kings and four statues of deities can be seen within the caves.

These statues and murals provide valuable insight into the evolution of traditional Sri Lankan art and the influence of Hindu culture on their evolution.

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The Caves

The five major caves that create the Dambulla Cave Temple, are located under an overhanging rock, consisting of deliberately carved drip lines which prevent the rains and stormwater runoff from entering the caves.

The first one of these caves is termed as “Devaraja lena” which roughly translates into “Cave of the divine king”. At the entrance to the cave, an inscription made of Brahmi letters indicates the establishment of the temple complex in 1st century BC, during the reign of King Valagamba.

The second cave, which is the largest of the five caves at Dambulla Cave Temple, is named “Maharaja Vihara Lena” which means “Cave of the Great Kings’ Temple”.

This cave measures approximately 52 m across and 23 meters from the entrance to back, with its roof reaching 7 m above the ground. The interior of the cave is decorated with murals and an astounding total of 56 Buddha statues.

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The cave also houses statues of god Vishnu, who is said to have created the caves, and the local deity Saman, who is among the major guardian gods of the island and Buddhism.

The statues of King Valagamba and Nishshankamalla can also be observed inside the cave.
“Maha Aluth Vihara” or “The great New Temple” is the third major cave of the Dambulla Cave Temple, which consists of Kandyan style murals and 50 Buddha statues.

In addition, a statue of King Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe, who commissioned the paintings during the 16th century can be seen here. Even though the other caves are smaller in comparison to the major 3, they are still outstanding in their splendor.

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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

You can visit the Dambulla Cave Temple any time of the year and because it is one of the most revered locations for Sri Lankan Buddhists, make sure that you wear a conservative, light-coloured outfit.

Due to its immense religious and cultural value, several conservation and renovation projects have been conducted to preserve this heritage site of Dambulla Cave Temple for the future generations.

So, if you are planning a visit to the central region of Sri Lanka, Dambulla Cave Temple should definitely be included in your list of destinations; you would not want to miss this cultural gem, respected and cherished by Sri Lankan Buddhists.

DAMBULLA CAVE TEMPLE ENTRANCE FEE?

Approximately Sri Lankan Rupee LKR 1850 and Depends On Us Dollar Rate In Sri Lanka (10 USD). Half Ticket Prices will be for children between 5 and 12 years of ages and below that ages entry free

DAMBULLA CAVE TEMPLE OPEN TIME AND DATES?

Monday to Sunday 07:30 am – 07:00 pm Any time of the year

BEST TIME OF THE DAY VISIT GOLDEN CAVE TEMPLE?

We Recommend: 08:30 am – 10:00 Am and 03:30 – 06.00pm

HOW LONG TIME REQUIRED TO COVER GOLDEN TEMPLE OF DAMBULLA?

AROUND 02:00 HRS

DISTANCE & HOW TO GET DAMBULLA CAVE TEMPLE?

From Colombo – 156 Km Take Around 4 Hours In A Private Vehicle From Colombo

GOLDEN TEMPLE DAMBULLA | DAMBULLA ROCK TEMPLE | DAMBULLA CAVES

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