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Ridi Vihare free pdf Known in Sinhala as the 'Silver Vihare', the shrine of Ridi Vihare has its origins during the early days of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Heir to a tradition which dates back to the early Anuradhapura period- its beginnings are shrouded in myth and legend. Over the centuries the vihare has become a veritable treasure trove of Sinhala art: painting, architecture, sculpture, ivory carving and metalwork. This work traces the art and history of the temple from 2nd century B.C to 1815 A.C. The greater part of what remains belongs to the late medieval era in Sri Lanka's history, known today as the Kandyan period (1592-1815). It is the product of a brilliant period in Sri Lanka's recent past, a flowering of art, religion and culture which took place during the reign of king Kirti Sri Rajasingha (1747-1782). This renaissance was pioneered by two great monks, the Sangaraja Saranankara and his close disciple and deputy, the High priest of Ridi vihare, the Venerable Siddhartha Buddharakkita, who was to become the first Mahanayake of Malwatte. From this onwards, Ridi vihare has been one of the great temples of the Kandyan Kingdom and over the course of the last two hundred and fifty years three of its High priest has become the supreme heads or mahanayakes of the Mailwatte Nikaya, one of the two great monastic orders of Kandy. Its current High priest has just become the new Mahanayaka of Malwatte, the chief of the order. "Ridi Vihare" opens a door to the forgotten world of the 18th century, its turbulent politics and its rich artistic heritage. It reveals much about the culture of a hidden and often closed world, opening our eyes to things which we have hitherto seen only in the half light.


SinhaRaja Tammita- Delgoda was educated at City of London School (UK) and has a M.A. in European Medieval Literature and society from the University of York and Ph.D in 18th century British Indian history from Kings College London. He has been a specialist contributor to the University of Peradeniya History of Sri Lanka.Vol.II 1500 - 1800 and is the author of The World of Stanley Krined (Stamford - Lake, 2005, Colombo) and A Travellers History of India (Windrush Press, 1st Edition, 1994, U.K.). In 1997 the author spent several months at Ridi Vihare where he learned his Sinhalese and his Buddhism from the monks. From 1997 - 1988 he was Visiting Lecturer in the Art

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Publisher : Stamford Lake
Data Published : 01 January 1900
ISBN : 955113172X
EAN : 9789551131722
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 175 pages
Age + : 18 years
Language : English
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