Kataragama, Sri Lanka

"Kataragama is a pilgrimage town sacred to Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka." Read more.

Kirivehara, a shrine dedicated
to the Buddha (1, 2)


Preparing for a religious ritual

Kirivehera is a Buddhist
stupa or dagoba

Monkey on his peacock throne

Flowers for purchase

Girl opening a lotus bud

Lighting earthen lamps

Gateway to Maha Devale, the
shrine of Murugan, or Kataragama

Getting ready for a puja to the
sound of two beating drums

Pilgrims queue up to offer fruits
and flowers to Kataragama

The temple from the outside,
puja in progress


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