Pilgrimage to the Temple

Entrance

This is the main entrance to Siri Gautama Sambuddharaja Maligawa. You are entering the temple via the stairs decorated with large lion statues. There are ten pillars of statues of Arahants around the stage. This main entrance consists of beautiful wood carvings. On top of it, there are statues of Kakusanda, Kōnāgama, Kāshyapa, and Gautama Supreme Buddhas. At the bottom of it, there is a golden statue of a beautiful swan, which signifies the purity of the Dispensation of the Gautama Supreme Buddha that brightened the divine and human worlds.

Paintings on the top wall inside the Temple

1st painting: A brave young man swimming in water with his mother on his back trying to cross the great ocean. This incident occurred a long time ago (twenty asankeyya kalpa laksha) and was the beginning of the Supreme Buddha’s journey in the Samsara as the Bōdhisatta.

2nd painting: The painting left to the first one shows the first exposition of the fixed destination of the Great Bōdhisatta as a future Supreme Buddha, and this happened when he offered his life to the Dipankara Supreme Buddha. The Bōdhisatta was a great sage named ‘Sumēdha’ in that life.

3rd painting: This painting to the right side of the 1st one shows the dream of Queen Mahamāyā. That dream was about how the Bōdhisatta, representing a white baby elephant, conceived in his mother’s womb. The Bōdhisatta’s conception occurred after he accepted the divine beings’ invitation to be born in the human world and attain the enlightenment.

4th painting: This painting is hanged on top of the right side art and indicates how Princess Yasōdarā telling Prince Rāhula to go ask for the gift for his life from the Supreme Buddha. It also shows Prince Rāhula getting his gift to become a Bhikkhu.

5th painting: The next painting to the upper left indicates the incident of the Great Bōdhisatta Siddharta Gautama moving into the forest to start his exertion to attain the enlightenment as a great sage after leaving the household life. It also depicts how the horse Kanthaka and the helper Channa staring at the Bōdhisatta, weeping for their master’s leave in sorrow.

The extraordinary sculptures

1st sculpture: The first sculpture to the left represents the figure of Santusita Deva, our Great Bōdhisatta, in the Tusita Divine world waiting for the right time for him to be born in human world to become the Supreme Buddha. Santusita Deva came to human world as a human after checking the five great perspectives (Pas Maha Balum) after the invitation of divine beings.

2nd sculpture: What you see then to the right side is the way the Prince Siddharta Gautama speaking his brave words to the world after walking on lotus flowers after his birth to the world. Queen Mahamāyā is also sitting beside the young Bōdhisatta looking at her meritorious child.

3rd sculpture: The next sculpture to the right side is the noble disciple god Sakdeva whose vehicle is the great divine elephant named Ērāvanha with six tusks. Sakdeva has a Jayatura Shankha in his left hand, and his right hand is in the blessing posture.

4th sculpture: The next sculpture to the left near the sculpture of Santusita Deva is of a Brahma with a great figure. His vehicle is a divine swan. He was the main devotee of the Kashyapa Supreme Buddha. He is also the guardian angel who blessed the Sambuddha Raja Malhiga.

Sculptures of Arahants

Statues of Agrashrawakas : Thease are Statues of our Supreme Buddha’s two main disciples – Arahant Sariputta who is the chief among wise and Arahant Moggallana who is the chief among who has supernatural powers.

Statue of Arahant Maha Kassapa : When someone comes into the mansion from right side, there is a beautiful statue to the left side of the statue of Sakdev. It is the statue of Anubudu Maha Kassapa Arahant Thero who was the greatest among Bhikkhus who cultivated austere ascetic practices (Dhutāngadhārī). He was praised by the Supreme Buddha and divine beings a lot.

Statue of Arahant Ananda : This special statue cane be seen when a person comes into the mansion through the main entrance and goes toward the statue of the Supreme Buddha in His Parinirvanha Manchaka. The statue signifies Arahant Ananda Thero who was the main attendant of the Supreme Buddha. He attended the Supreme Buddha affectionately. Arahant Ananda Thero keeps his right hand on his right shoulder and the left hand toward down. This posture implies that the Supreme Buddha has been passed away signifying the impermanent nature of the world that cannot be changed.