Sunday, July 21, 2013

Saman Dewala, Rathnapura, Sri Lanka.

A building in the wall surrounding the front courtyard of the Saman Dewale.

The outer wall of the courtyard.

Worshippers depositing or collecting their footware near the entrance to the temple.

An engraving in stone with a legend below done during Portuguese times in the 16th Century, Present Era. It claims that a soldier in the Portuguese army - Kuruwita Rala - saved a Prince of Jaffna from being killed on the battlefield in Jaffna, by standing guard over the fallen Prince. This stela is mounted on a wall in the front courtyard of the temple.