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Natha Devale

Buddhism and Hinduism are entwined at this oldest of Kandy’s devales, which is dedicated to the god Natha and was the site of the ceremonial ordination of Sri Lanka’s ancient kings. With its crowning vaulted roof, this imposing example of prominently Hindu architectural style was built following the South Vijayangara style of the 14th century, and is located on the terrace in front of the Royal Palace complex. Its heritage includes playing an important role in preparing and distributing the Nanu or medicinal herbs that go with the first bath taken in the Sinhala New Year.
Natha Devale
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