Seema Malaka is a beautiful Buddhist Temple, located in the heart of the bustling city of Colombo.The magnificent temple, which is mainly used for meditation and rest, is a part of the iconic Gangaramaya Temple. It stands placidly on the rippling Beira Lake, enchanting all who travel past it.
The original temple was constructed back in the 19th century. This first structure slowly started to sink and measures were taken to rectify the damage. The temple was then redesigned by the veteran Sri Lankan architect, Geoffrey Bawa in 1976. It is interesting to note that the reconstruction project was funded by S.H. Moosajee a Sri Lankan Muslim businessman along with his wife, in memory of their son Ameer S. Moosajee. This is therefore a great example of the harmonious coexistence of different ethnic and religious groups in Sri Lanka.
Seema Malaka stands upon three platforms over the waters. In these three platforms are a number of beautiful seated statues of Buddha. The main platform of the temple has a dedicated area for meditation. A majestic bo tree, a sapling from the sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura is to be found on one of the platforms too. The roof of the temple is painted in a vibrant shade of blue, enhancing the beauty of the interior immensely. The side platform’s corners have temples that are dedicated to the Hindu gods, Shiva, Vishnu, Kataragama deviyo and Ganesha. It really is a picturesque attraction that has a rich aura of peace and tranquillity.
You will be able to visit Seema Malaka and Gangaramaya Temple with ease as you travel in the island with Green Holiday Centre. There are many beautiful attractions of religious and cultural appeal in the city of Colombo, which will help enhance the quality of your travel experience immensely.