If you have an inclination towards ancient architectures, frescoes and other historic paraphernalia, then Angurukaramulla Temple is the place for you to be. Situated in the eastern part of Negombo city, the temple is a fascinating site and different from most Buddhist places of worship.
What makes it unique?
The temple entrance is its most striking feature, as one has to pass through a dragon’s mouth. This figurine was installed here to keep the evil spirits away. Above this dragon is a 6 meter tall Buddha statue. The large arch-like structure hovering above this entrance is decorated with colorful tiles and some other sculptures.
Inside the temple
The temple premises is an open space with many trees lining the edges and a pond as the centerpiece with turtles in it. Several sculptures, paintings and murals adorn the interiors. Most of these artworks depict Buddha’s journey to enlightenment, while some narrate stories about Sri Lanka's former rulers from the Mahavamsa.
A stupa stands next to the temple with its own unique features. The staircase is guarded by two bronze lions. Inside this stupa is another stupa decorated with beautiful carvings and paintings. The only light falling on the stupa is through the carvings, so better come during the day to catch a beautiful view.
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