Embekke Devalaya in Kandy

Embekke Devalaya Overview

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Embekke Devale is a temple known throughout the world for its fine wood carvings and pillars. In fact, UNESCO has deemed the cravings on the wooden pillars at Embekke Devale as the finest piece of wood carvings to be found anywhere in the world.

The Devale is believed to have been built by king Vikramabahu Ⅲ of the Gampola dynasty in the latter half of the 14th century. The Devale was originally a meeting space but later it gained the status of a temple where the Kataragama deity was enshrined. The Devale is divided into two segments – the Digge (Dancing Hall) and Hewasi Mandappaya (Drummers’ Hall). The wooden pillars and the roof of the Embekke Devale bear the most intricate works of wood carvings.

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Ambakka village, three kilometers from the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, Kandy