Embekka Devalaya Temple – Kandy


The Embekka Devalaya Temple is found in Udunuwara in the Kandy district. It was constructed during the Gampola Era (AD1357 – 1374) by King Vikramabahu 111 as a house of worship devoted to Mahasen, also recognised as “Katharagama Deviyo”. It is also where local idol Devatha Bandara is revered by devotees.
Embekka Devalaya may be the most suitable place to observe the most fragile wood carvings of the past. The main hall presents a feast for the eyes with columns, pillars, and doors decorated with breathtaking wood carvings. The shelter, too, has its special drawing done in wood. A unique characteristic is that everything consists entirely of wood, with no other elements being used, not even metal. Also, the nails utilised have been hewn out of wood.


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