Ridi Vihara, where three great religions meet
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In a small village at Ridigama about 13 miles from Kurunegala atop a hill, is perched the interesting cave temple of Ridi Vihara. It is a place where Sinhala, Buddhist, Tamil, Hindu and Christian art abide together - a delightful treasure trove. The caves are divided into chambers and cannot be seen from the road but access is easy.
It is said to have been the abode of Arahat Indragupta around 2,300 years back. The silver ore discovered here in the 2nd century BC was utilised by King Dutugemunu to build the great Ruwanveliseya. The Ridi Vihara then had been built on the spot that yielded the wealth as a gesture of gratitude and in the main cave temple a gold plated Buddha statue brought from India was placed. In time it has been renovated and rebuilt by King Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe.