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RELIGION

 

TOP 10 RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS OF SRI LANKA

1. Thai Pongal, January (Hindu)

2. Easter, March or April (Christian)

3. Aurudha (New Year), April (Buddhist & Hindu)

4. Vesak, May (Buddhist)

5. Poson, June (Buddhist)

6. Ramadan, June (Muslim)

7. Vel, July (Hindu)

8. Esala Perahera, Kandy, August (Buddhist)

9. Deepavali, October (Hindu)

10. Christmas, December (Christian)

 

TOP 10 OLD BUDDHIST TEMPLES IN SRI LANKA

1. Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya, Bellanwila

2. Aluvihara Rock Temple, Matale (3rd century BC)

3. Mahiyangana Raja Maha Vihara, Mahiyangana

4. Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, Kelaniya (500 BC)

5. Dambulla Cave Temple (Golden Temple of Dambula (1st century BC)

6. Ridi Viharaya (Silver Temple), Kurunegala (150 BC?)

7. Magul Maha Viharaya, Lahugala (200 BC?)

8. Tissamaharama Raja Maha Viharaya, Tissamaharama (2nd century BC)

9. Nagadeepa Purana Viharaya, Nagadeepa Island, Jaffna

10. Seruvila Mangala Raja Maha Viharaya, Trincomalee (2nd century BC)

 

TOP 10 OLD HINDU KOVILS IN SRI LANKA

1. Koneswaram Temple, Trincomalee

2. Thiruketheeswaram Kovil, Mannar (Manthota)

3. Kandaswamy Kovil, Nallur, Jaffna

4. Nagapushani Amman Kovil, Nainativu Island, Jaffna

5. Sivanopatha Malai, Adam’s Peak

6. Kataragama

7. Sita Amman Kovil, Sita Eliya

8. Kataragama Devale, Kandy

9. Kathiresan Kovils, Pettah, Colombo

10. Munneshwaram Kovil, Chilaw

 

TOP 10 OLD CATHOLIC CHURCHES IN SRI LANKA

1. Our Lady of Madhu Church, Madhu

2. St Anne’s Talawila (Kalpitiya)

3. St Mary’s Cathedral, Jaffna

4. St Lucia’s Cathedral, Kotahena, Colombo (1902)

5. St Mary’s Cathedral, Batticaloa

6. St Mary’s Cathedral, Galle

7. St Anthony’s Cathedral, Kandy

8. St Mary’s Cathedral, Chilaw

9. St Anthony’s National Shrine, Kochchikade, Colombo

10. St Sebastian’s Church, Negombo

 

TOP 10 OLD ANGLICAN CHURCHES IN SRI LANKA

1. St Stephen’s Church, Negombo (1880)

2. All Saints’ Church, Galle (1871)

3. St Luke’s Church, Borella, Colombo (1881)

4. St Michael’s and All Saints Church, Polwatte, Colombo (1887)

5. St Paul’s Church, Kandy (1848)

6. St Paul’s Church, Milagiriya, Colombo (1853)

7. Holy Trinity Church, Nuwara Eliya (1852)

8. St Stephen’s Church, Negombo (1880)

9. Catherdral of Christ the King, Kurunegala (1956)

10. Trinity College Chapel, Kandy (1929)

 

TOP 10 OLD MOSQUES IN SRI LANKA

1. Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque, Pettah, Colombo (1909)

2. Masjid Al-Abrar Mosque (Kechimalai Mosque), Beruwela (920 AD)

3. Fort Meeran Jumma Masjid Mosque, Galle (1904)

4. Malay Jumma Mosque, Kurunegala (1850)

5. Dewatagaha Mosque (Shaikh Usman Waliyullah Shrine), Colombo (150 years)

6. Meera Maccam Mosque & Dharga, Kandy

7. Hanafi Mosque, Kandy

8. Mohiyudeen Khutba Mosque, Puttalam

9. Old Elavankulam Jummah Mosque

10. Virudhoddai Jummah Mosque

 

TOP 10 OLD PORTUGUESE/DUTCH CHURCHES IN SRI LANKA

1. Wolvendaal (Valley of the Wolves) Church, Pettah (1642)

2. Groote Kerk (Dutch Reformed Church), Galle (1755)

3. St Lucia’s Cathedral, Kotahena, Colombo (1782)

4. Kruys Church, Jaffna (1706)

5. St Peter’s Kerk (Dutch Reformed Church), Kalpitiya (1706)

6. Kruys Kerk, Jaffna (1706): Demolished by Tamil Tiger Terrorists

7. Batticaloa (mid-18th century): A monument stone remains in the Fort

8. Dutch Reformed Church, Matara (1706)

9. Mannar: Only runs of walls, gravestones, alter and baptismal bath in the Fort

10. Sabaragamuwa (Ratnapura): Portuguese church with a slab in the wall

 

TOP 10 CAVE TEMPLES OF SRI LANKA

1. Pahiyangala Cave Temple, near Kalutara

2. Wirana Raja Maha Vihara, near Gampaha

3. Pilikuttuwa Raja Maha Vihara, near Gampaha

4. Hindagala Temple,

5. Bambaragala Temple,

6. Degaldoruwa Temple, near Kandy

7. Mulkirigala Rock Temple, near Hambantota

8. Ridi Vihara, near Colombo

9. Dambulla Cave Temple, Dambulla

10. Aluvihara Cave Temple, Matale
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