Textures and details from Kandy Temple - Sri Lanka

by Ram Ya April. 15, 2017 3991 views

This is a last minute submission for the weekly theme but I really wanted to participate. This photo series is from my trip to the Kandy Temple in Sri Lanka. This temple is significant since Buddha's tooth relic is housed here. It is really hard to photograph because I get overwhelmed by the beauty and grandeur of this temple. 

However, focusing on textures and small details (weekly theme) really helped me tell the story of this place. Below is a photo from outside to give you a sense of scale of this temple.

Main temple complex as seen by the adjacent road. (this sentence is added from the new editor.)

Main temple complex as seen by the adjacent road. (this sentence is added from the new editor.)

Lot of tourists visits the temple during the ceremony hours

Lot of tourists visits the temple during the ceremony hours

I focused on texture and details to capture the serenity of this place. Here are some of those shots.

A painting more than athousand years old

A painting more than athousand years old

This temple is full of Kandyan arts throughout the walls

This temple is full of Kandyan arts throughout the walls

Kandyan era is known for their wood carvings

Kandyan era is known for their wood carvings

Beautifully carved and painted wooden columns

Beautifully carved and painted wooden columns

Lion has beenthe symbol of Sri Lanka for centuries

Lion has beenthe symbol of Sri Lanka for centuries

Now to the most important view! This is the relic casket which holds the Buddha's tooth relic. There said to be only 4 of these in the world. The relic chamber is only opened during the ceremonial hours where they offer all sorts of things as a sign of respect and gratefulness to Buddha for his teachings.

Buddha's tooth relic casket

Buddha's tooth relic casket

The casket is said to have 7 inner caskets of which the most inner one is made of pure gold. The view is really surreal due to all the glitter from gold chains and lighting in this chamber. Add chanting of monks and devotees to this scene, you get an idea of how moving this place can be.

A close up of the relic housing chamber

A close up of the relic housing chamber

Thank you for viewing this post. I hope this series is enhanced by the texture and details I attempted to capture from this special place. To view other entries of PhotoBLog weekly theme, please click on the link. Thanks for participating, commenting, and your support!

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Olga Helys 2 years, 4 months ago

great captures

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Ram Ya Replied to Olga Helys 2 years, 4 months ago

Thank you very much, Olga! grinning

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Emma Cloete 2 years, 5 months ago

Beautiful! Was at the Pink Tooth Temple in Kandy many years ago. #fondmemories

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Ram Ya Replied to Emma Cloete 2 years, 5 months ago

Thank you, Emms. Glad it brought back some memories for you.

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 5 months ago

We can feel the devotion and life in this holy place.

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Ram Ya Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 5 months ago

Thank you, Antonio

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Rachel 2 years, 5 months ago

Interesting series of photographs

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Ram Ya Replied to Rachel 2 years, 5 months ago

Thank you, Rachel

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Becky Brannon 2 years, 5 months ago

Really like the architectural details!

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Ram Ya Replied to Becky Brannon 2 years, 5 months ago

Thank you, Becky!

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Jay Boggess 2 years, 5 months ago

Fascinating series, Ram! I'm surprised they allowed cameras in these sacred places.......
Great camera work, capturing all these details, textures & colors!

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Ram Ya Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 5 months ago

Thanks, Jay. I think they don't allow flash... which is understandable.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Ram Ya 2 years, 5 months ago

I guess we were lucky they allowed cameras!

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Barbra 2 years, 5 months ago

So beautiful there !! Thank you for sharing.

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Ram Ya Replied to Barbra 2 years, 5 months ago

Thanks :)

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