Maha Vishnu Devalaya
The origins of this shrine of Vishnu is lost in the mists of time, but it has long been associated with the royal palace and the Temple of the Tooth, a sacred relic revered by Buddhists around the world.
According to legend, Vishnu is the same deity known as Rama, of the Indian epic Ramayana. Mahavansa, the great chronicle of Sri Lanka, notes that it was Vishnu that was chosen to protect Sri Lanka at the time of Buddha’s death.
The building is entered through a two-storeyed Vahalkada, leading to an open hall with timber columns and beautifully carved stone steps leading to the drumming hall. On the upper terrace is the God Dedimunda’s Shrine and a large Bo-tree.