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Kataluwa Purvaramaya Temple: tragic deterioration of a country treasure

The decaying painting is supposed to depict Mahadana Sitano and wife in western dress enjoying music. The integration of western modes of dress to eastern Buddhist visual story telling of the Jataka stories is a notable feature of the Kataluwa paintings. Kataluwa Sri Lanka, September 2011. Photograph © Chulie de Silva.

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Detour to the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary Madhu

As far as the eye could see there were no other vehicles, neither were there many people on the road. The heat arose from the tar, playing little tricks on the eyes. The once lush paddy fields lay fallow, and occasionally a solitary cow sat ruminating under a tree. We were up in the north. As we rumbled along the dusty road the excitement of actually being there was palpable. Many in Sri Lanka then didn’t have the opportunity we had to visit the north. A little detour, after a sweltering day out on the field to a cool sanctuary of a church seemed justifiable. Except for me others in our group were devout Catholics. But all of us were full of glee like kids out on their first school trip for the first glimpse of this most hallowed place of worship.

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Thoughts on Poson Poya

A Buddhist temple nestling among coconut trees as seen from Lady Hill Hotel, Galle. Photograph©Chulie de Silva

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Nallur Kandaswamy Temple, Jaffna

I went to school and grew up in a very Buddhist enclave in Panadura called “Nalluruwa” and I wondered what the connection was to the Nallur Kandaswamy temple as I wandered in to this famed Hindu Kovil on a cool balmy evening in 2009. The aura of peace and calm surrounding this most revered place of worship for God Skanda was palpable.

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Ritigala, where Gods are smiling

The excited voice on the phone said “Chulie I am in Sri Lanka, are you here?” Sadly I wasn’t – I was stuck in a hospital in Dhaka with pneumonia. The caller was Nirvair Singh Rai, a young Indian friend I met while working at Drik. Today, we caught up on GChat. “I am in love with your homeland, and the people. Everything about it! and Ritigala always calls me back". He pays tribute to Ritigala in his blog and says:

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