Embekka Devalaya, Kandy

#7 of 13 in Historic Sites in Kandy
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Embekka Devalaya (Embekka Temple) was built by the King Vikramabahu III of Gampola Era (AD 1357 - 1374) in Sri Lanka. The devalaya is dedicated to Kataragama deviyo. A local deity called Devatha Bandara is also worshiped at this site. The shrine consists of three sections, the "Sanctum of Garagha", the "Digge" or "Dancing Hall" and the "Hevisi Mandapaya" or the "Drummers' Hall". The Drummers' Hall has drawn the attention of visitors to the site, due to the splendid wood carvings of its ornate pillars and its high pitched roof.
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  • This is one of my favourite place. The temple was built by King Vikramabahu III, since 14th century, dedicated to Kataragama deviyo (a deity who is believed to be very powerful in Sri Lanka). There...  more »
  • The small wooden temple is a very interesting place and if you go early in the morning, you can enjoy it almost alone and have enough time to admire the different designs of each column, so unique!  more »
  • A sacred place for Hindu pilgrims. Some beautiful wood carvings crafted by ancient artists can be seen here. The carvings consist of complex patterns showing the skill and effort of the crafter. Parking spaces are available nearby.
  • The most interesting fact is the roof structure that totally made out of wood without a single nail an engineering marvel at that era

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