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Quote - Joseph Pulitzer

"PUT IT BEFORE THEM BRIEFLY SO THEY WILL READ IT, CLEARLY SO THEY WILL APPRECIATE IT, PICTURESQUELY SO THEY WILL REMEMBER IT AND, ABOVE ALL, ACCURATELY SO THEY WILL BE GUIDED BY ITS LIGHT" ***** JOSEPH PULITZER *****
DISCOVER - SRI LANKA: PROLOGUE

IN PRAISE OF MY BEAUTIFUL ISLAND,
INFORMATION, PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEO.

THE 13th CENTURY VENETIAN TRAVELER MARCO POLO DESCRIBED THE ISLAND AS 'THE JADE PENDANT IN THE INDIAN OCEAN'. THE ABUNDANCE OF GEMSTONES, SPICES, RAIN FORESTS AND WILDLIFE; THE MAGNIFICENT BEACHES, ANCIENT RUINS AND A WRITTEN HISTORY OF OVER 2500 YEARS MAKE THIS ISLAND A TOURISTS' PARADISE.

THE RUINED CITIES OF ANURADHAPURA AND POLONNARUWA ILLUSTRATE THE GLORY OF THE ANCIENT KINGDOMS. THE GIGANTIC STUPAS AND BUDDHA STATUES ARE AMONG THE BIGGEST MAN MADE STRUCTURES OF THE WORLD. THE MASSIVE RESERVOIRS, BUILT BY ANCIENT KINGS TO IRRIGATE THOUSANDS OF ACRES OF LAND, ARE MARVELS OF HYDRO ENGINEERING. THERE ARE EIGHT UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN SRI LANKA

THE ISLAND WAS KNOWN TO THE GREEKS AS 'TAPROBANE' AND TO THE ARABS AS 'SERENDIB'. EARLY MERCHANTS VISITED THE ISLAND IN SEARCH OF GEMSTONES AND SPICES, MAINLY CINNAMON AND PEPPER. COFFEE AND TEA PLANTATIONS WERE STARTED BY THE BRITISH COLONIAL RULERS. CEYLON TEA IS FAMOUS THE WORLD OVER.

TOURISM INDUSTRY IS A MAJOR MONEY SPINNER FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL ISLAND. THE VAST EXPANSE OF BEACHES, RAIN FORESTS AND NATIONAL PARKS WITH HERDS OF WILD ELEPHANTS, THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS WITH LITHE WATER FALLS, BRING IN THE TOURISTS. THE ISLAND IS DOTTED WITH HUNDREDS OF HOTELS TO ACCOMMODATE THE TRAVELER. AN ISLAND OF 25,000 SQ; MILES HAS 103 RIVERS AND 25000 RESERVOIRS, MOSTLY MAN MADE. WITH VARYING CLIMATIC CONDITIONS THIS IS TRULY A 'SMALL MIRACLE'.

" THE ISLAND OF SRI LANKA IS A SMALL UNIVERSE, IT CONTAINS AS MANY VARIATIONS OF CULTURE, SCENERY AND CLIMATE AS SOME COUNTRIES A DOZEN TIMES ITS SIZE........I FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THERE IS ANY COUNTRY WHICH SCORES SO HIGHLY IN ALL DEPARTMENTS - WHICH HAVE SO MANY ADVANTAGES AND SO FEW DISADVANTAGES. LOVELY BEACHES, BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES, IMPRESSIVE RUINS, A VIBRANT CULTURE AND CHARMING PEOPLE- NO WONDER SRI LANKA IS A SMALL MIRACLE ".***** Arthur C. Clark *****




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10 March, 2017

SRI LANKA - BUDDHA STATUE [MONARAGALA TEMPLE, RAMBODAGALA]



The Bamiyan statues of Afganistan were destroyed by the Taliban on the 16th of March, 2001. On that day a 13 year old child, who was among the devotees at a remote temple, at Monaragala in the Kurunegala District approached the chief incumbent of the temple and suggested the destruction of a mosque or two in retaliation. The Priest explained to the young boy that throughout history Buddhists have not attacked anyone who harmed Buddhists and said the wise thing is to build a colossal statue, on 3rd May this child handed over 1300/- rupees, collected from the congregation, with the help of other children.

This was the first contribution made towards the construction of this mammoth 67.5 foot Samadhi Buddha statue, which is carved out of a  massive rock.




Pics by: Nelsonlanka

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07 October, 2014

SRI LANKA - PIRITH [ CHANTING OF THE WORD OF THE BUDDHA ]


Pirithparitta in Pali ] is the recitation or chanting of the word of The Buddha. Paritta in the Pali language means protection, listening to  the chanting of Pirith protects one from all directions.

Listen to the mellow, soothing tones of Pirith.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEP4v7yk1gg&list=RDOEP4v7yk1gg

12 June, 2013

SRI LANKA - VESAK CELEBRATIONS 2013




Photographs by courtesy : Dilanga de Fonseka

23 May, 2013

SRI LANKA - VESAK CELEBRATIONS


People on a last minute buying spree, at temporary stalls selling Vesak lanterns



Pics by : Nelsonlanka

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23 December, 2012

SRI LANKA - MAHIYANGANA STUPA


The Mahiyangana Sthupa is  built on the site of The Buddha's first visit to the Island and sacred relics of The Buddha have been enshrined in the Sthupa.



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08 November, 2012

SRI LANKA - MAHIYANGANA TEMPLE


The Mahiyangana temple is believed to be the site of The Buddha's first visit to the country. The Sthupa stands at a height of 120 feet and a decorative gateway adorns the entrance to the temple.



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29 September, 2012

SRI LANKA - UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE CITY OF KANDY


Kandy is a UNESCO World Heritage City, picture shows school children and teachers among devotees at the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of The Buddha.




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03 June, 2012

SRI LANKA - RELIGIOUS PROCESSIONS


Buddhist clergy being escorted to the village temple by drummers and Kandyan dancers at a ceremony in Kandy.


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10 November, 2011

SRI LANKA - RELIGIOUS EVENTS [ KATINA CEREMONY ]


Every year after the full moon in October a Katina Ceremony is held in Buddhist temples to express gratitude to the monks by the laity. Devotees, dressed in white,  participate in a procession taking offerings mainly new robes for the monks.


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25 September, 2011

SRI LANKA - PHILATELY [ RELIGION ]



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First Day Cover     : By courtesy, Ana
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26 August, 2011

SRI LANKA - PHILATELY [ RELIGION ]






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03 August, 2011

SRI LANKA - STUPA [ JETAVANARAMAYA ]

The Jetavanaramaya is a stupa, located in the ruins of Jetavana Monastery in the sacred world heritage city of AnuradhapuraSri Lanka. King Mahasena (273-301 AD) initiated the construction of the stupa following the destruction of Mahavihara, his son Maghavanna Ithe construction of the stupa.[1] A part of a sash or belt tied by the Buddha is believed to be the relic that is enshrined here.
The structure is significant in the island's history for it represents the tensions within the Theravada and Mahayana sects of Buddhist monks, it is also significant in world history as one of the tallest structures in the ancient world.[2][3] The height of the stupa is 400 feet (122 m)[citation needed] and was the tallest ancient stupa in the world, the structure is no longer the tallest however it is the largest with a volume of 233,000 m2 (2,508,000 sq ft). At the time of its completion the structure was the third tallest structure in the world behind the Great Pyramids of Giza.[2] Approximately 93.3 million baked bricks were used in its construction, the engineering ingenuity behind the construction of the structure is a significant development in the history of the island. The sectarian differences between the Buddhist monks also are represented by the stupa as it was built on the premises of the destroyed Mahavihara, which led to a rebellion by a minister of king Mahasena.

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Pics by : Gerrit,Netty,Hans and Hanneke [ Belgium ]

Sri Lanka Tour, May 2011

04 July, 2011

SRI LANKA - STUPA [ RUWANWELISEYA ]


The Ruwanweliseya Stupa was built during the reign of King Dutugemunu [ 161 BC - 137 BC ], with a height of 300 feet and a circumference of 950 feet, it is one of the biggest structures of the world, built out of brick.


Pics by : Gerrit,Netty,Hans and Hanneke [ Belgium ]

Sri Lanka Tour, May 2011

29 June, 2011

SRI LANKA - DAMBULLA CAVE TEMPLE


The Dambulla cave temples date back to the 1st century BC, there are over 80 caves in the vicinity and the five main caves contain 153 Buddha statutes. This is the most impressive cave temple in Asia.


Pics by : Gerrit,Netty,Hans and Hanneke [ Belgium ]

Sri Lanka Tour, May 2011

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