Lankathilaka Temple

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Built of brick, the Lankathilaka is part of the famous architectural trinity of Pilimathalawa.

A short distance from the Gadaladeniya temple, Lankathilaka is yet another temple, grand in exterior and prominence, and built with brick, located atop a hill named Panhalgala. Famed for its intricate architecture that belongs to the Gampola era, a stone inscription on the site tells that the temple has been built by Senalankadhikara, a minister in the court of King Buwanekabahu IV. The architecture, which depicts southern Indian influences is by a South Indian architect. One of the most significant features of the temple is that the image house enshrines a Buddhist shrine room with the statue of Buddha and four Hindu shrines dedicated to four deities. Outside the premise of the temple is a raised platform, with a roof, known as the Sinhasanaya where it is said that the King used to watch the Perahera.

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Venue name: Lankathilaka Temple
Address:
Pilimathalawa
Kandy
20450
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