Historic city Matale, Sri Lanka

Photos on the way from Dambulla to Matale

Photos on the way from Dambulla to Matale

As the guide strongly recommended to call at a spice garden, I stopped by a garden for lunch on the way to the city of Matale reluctantly.

SPICE GARDEN Luckgrov Matale

SPICE GARDEN Luckgrov Matale

Matale is a mainly agricultural area, where the cultivation of  tea, rubber, vegetable and spice is a thriving industry.

Luckgrov spice garden, get in and walking around the garden.

Luckgrov spice garden, get in and walking around the garden.

A hue in the garden with a charge member and the products.

A hue in the garden with a charge member and the products.

He described spice, herd and ayurveda, and then he try to demonstrate how to use the products. I refused it. I am not interested in spices at all.

Spices from the garden; Cacao, pepper, turmeric, cinnamon, vanilla and clove.

Spices from the garden; Cacao, pepper, turmeric, cinnamon, vanilla and clove.

The dining room of the spice garden.

The dining room of the spice garden.

Products of the Spice Garden

Products of the Spice Garden

Shop of the Spice Garden

Shop of the Spice Garden

Sri Lankan old lady.

Sri Lankan old lady in the traditional clothes.

I met a middle-aged woman in front of the shop. She was speaking better English than me. She said “Did you get any goods at this shop?” “I didn’t.” I replied. She asked “Did you look at the spice farm and factory near here? I said “Come to think of it, I do not see them.” She whispered “The goods of this shop are very expensive. You should buy them in some ordinary shops.” “I completely understand what you are talking about, thanks madam!” “Have a nice trip!” “You too!” She smiled a little and left.

After the spice garden, going in the city of Matale.

After the spice garden, going in the city of Matale.

Matale is the largest town (Population: 40,860 in 2001) of the Matale District of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. It is 45.6 kilometres south from Dambulla and near the old town of Kandy.

Gate of Aluvihāra Rock Cave Temple

Gate of Aluvihāra Rock Cave Temple

Aluvihāra Rock Cave Temple is back to the 3rd Century B.C to the reign of King Devanampiyatissa. The King built the dagoba, planted the Bo sapling and founded the temple after the introduction of Buddhism to the country during his reign.

Passing through the front of the souvenir shop to the Rock Cave Temple

Passing through the front of the souvenir shop to the Rock Cave Temple

Sizable Pagoda, Climbing the stone steps to the temple.

Sizable Pagoda, Climbing the stone steps to the temple.

Aluvihāra is picturesquely situated amongst rocks that have fallen from a mountain valley above. According to tradition a giant habited the region. The giant used three rocks as a foundation for his cooking pot. Aluvihara means ‘ash monastery’ and the name is in reference to the many ashes that were produced from the cooking that the giant prepared.

Aluvihāra Cave Temple

Aluvihāra Cave Temple

Aluvihāra Rock Temple

Aluvihāra Rock Temple

The first cave is home to a ten meter Buddha who is in a reclining position. Lotus pattern murals decorate the cave ceiling.

Sitting Buddha statue with the attendants and Images of Buddhism Saints of Aluvihāra Rock Cave Temple

Sitting Buddha statue with the attendants and Images of Buddhism Saints of Aluvihāra Rock Cave Temple

Recliining Buddha statue of Aluvihāra Rock Cave Temple.

Reclining Buddha statue of Aluvihāra Rock Cave Temple.

Buddha's sleeping face and sitting Buddha of Aluvihāra Rock Cave Temple.

Handsome Buddha’s sleeping face and sitting Buddha of Aluvihāra Rock Cave Temple.

Moved to another cave, it is decorated to represent the various realms of hell, there are wall murals in 18 chambers of hell.

Chamber of Hell

Chamber of Hell

It is a not so pleasant, a warning for all those who deviate from the righteous and enlightened path.

Mural of the Hell World

Mural of the Hell World

Murals; God of the underworld such as Hades, demons and sinners.

Murals; God of the underworld such as Hades, demons and sinners.

Golden Buddha statue on the highest point of Aluvihāra at the hillside.

Golden Buddha statue on the highest point of Aluvihāra at the hillside.

As tired, I didn’t go there just took this photo, descended, and left for the Matale city inside. Following visited place was the Sri Muthumariamman Temple.

Matale Town Landscape.

Matale Town Landscape.

The Sri Muthumariamman Temple is the most beautiful and interesting Hindu Temple.

Sri Muthumariamman Temple Matale

Sri Muthumariamman Temple Matale

Really colorful Hindu Temple

Really colorful Hindu Temple

According to the legend, a chieftain of Manalur begged a goddess to protect his residents from an intense monsoon flood. The flood waters began to recede and the residents were spared from untold havoc and suffering. Therefore, the temple was built as a sign of gratitude for protecting the village of Manalur.

Sri Muthumariamman Temple Matale

Sri Muthumariamman Temple Matale

Shrines representing the Lord Vishnu, Sridevi, Bhoodevi and Lord Maha Ganapathy are erected just outside of the temple.

Hindu deity Lord Vishnu and Lord Maha Ganapathy

Hindu deity Lord Vishnu and Lord Maha Ganapathy

Lord Vishnu with goddesses Bhudevi and Sridevi, manifested energy and fertility. Lord Maha Ganapathy (elephant faced God) is always worshipped before starting any new venture.

Hindu Gods of the Sri Muthumariamman Temple Matale.

Hindu Gods of the Sri Muthumariamman Temple Matale.

Unique Hindu Gods of the Sri Muthumariamman Temple.

Unique Hindu Gods of the Sri Muthumariamman Temple.

Entrance of a small shrine, a pair of horrible goddess, Sri Muthumariamman Temple Matale

Entrance of a small shrine, a pair of horrible goddess, Sri Muthumariamman Temple Matale

The entrance of the main hall of Sri Muthumariamman Temple Matale

The entrance of the main hall of Sri Muthumariamman Temple Matale

Interior of Sri Muthumariamman Temple

Interior of Sri Muthumariamman Temple

Very colorful deities in the main hall of Sri Muthumariamman Temple.

Very colorful deities in the main hall of Sri Muthumariamman Temple.

A street near Sri Muthumariamman Temple

A street near Sri Muthumariamman Temple

After the Sri Muthumariamman Temple, passing through the city of Matale and headed to the next town Kandy.

Streets of Matale

Streets of Matale

Fauna of Matale

Fauna of Matale

Local flowers of Matale

Local flowers of Matale

 

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