Dickwella – a hidden Buddhist haven
December 15, 2008 by Luka
Dickwella is just a small town to the South of Sri Lanka. It is not on a tourist map although there is quite interesting temple to visit. My local guide told me it is nothing special and that we should skip it to save time, but I insisted to stop there. A friend of mine told me it is a must to see it.
It is not the biggest, the oldest or the most beautiful temple I’ve seen. But it has a certain charm. It is situated in a peaceful village, undisturbed from all the tourist fuss. I don’t know who created it, but the artist sure had imagination. the temple is packed with statues and paintings depicting Buddhist mythology and belief.
When I entered the image house I was surprised by this huge Buddha statue which was standing in almost complete darkness.
Frangipani flowers in front of Reclining Buddha. The smaller statues depict Buddha’s disciples.
Even nobles are paying respect to Buddha.
Meditating Buddhas. There must be over hundred statues surrounding the temple.
A bird’s eye view on the temple. It is possible to climb up inside the huge Buddha statue. Several steps lead up to the head where important Buddhist scripts are kept. For a small donation you will be allowed to take a peek inside.
Maybe these guys look funny, but you should be scared! This is the ruler of Buddhist Hell! He will have you tortured, burned and cut to pieces if you do not live up to Buddha’s teachings.
There are hundreds of pictures representing the bad acts and behaviour and the punishment for the sinners as well. The pictures do not have any significant artistic value, but they are well worth to take a look. If not for educational reason, for amusement. It is good to have somebody that will translate you the captions.
This is a heavy punishment! Luckily for this poor guy, the Buddhist hell is not eternal. He will be reborn again – as a less worthy creature (as a bird or a dog maybe).
But there is always a bright side! If you follow the Buddha’s Middle way you will be spared from all those atrocities and maybe you will earn a better life after this one!
If you are interested in Buddhism you should check this article as well.