Seema Malaka

Seema Malaka
සීමා මාලකය

Seema Malaka
Shown within Sri Lanka Colombo
Shown within Sri Lanka Colombo
Basic information
Location Beira Lake, Sir James Pieris Mawatha, Colombo
Geographic coordinates 6°55′3.4428″N 79°51′11.7252″E / 6.917623000°N 79.853257000°E / 6.917623000; 79.853257000Coordinates: 6°55′3.4428″N 79°51′11.7252″E / 6.917623000°N 79.853257000°E / 6.917623000; 79.853257000
Affiliation Buddhism
Deity Lord Buddha
Country Sri Lanka
Architectural description
Founder Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Thera,
Devundera Sri Jinaratana Nayake Thera
Completed Late 19th century

Seema Malaka (Sinhalese: සීමා මාලකය) is a Buddhist temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka.[1] The temple is mainly used for meditation and rest, rather than for worship. Situated in the Beira Lake, the temple was originally constructed in the late 19th century.[2][3][4] Seema Malaka is a part of the Gangaramaya Temple and is situated few hundred meters to its east.[5][6][7]


Seema Malaka was originally constructed in the late 19th century. The original structure slowly sank into the water in 1970s. In 1976, Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa was brought in to redesign and construct the temple, which stands today.[5][8][9] The reconstruction was funded by a Sri Lankan Muslim businessman, S. H. Moosajee, and his wife, in memory of their son Ameer S. Moosajee.[6][10]


Seema Malaka was redesigned by Geoffrey Bawa in 1976 after the original structure slowly sank; the temple is in the middle of the Beira Lake and the design was inspired by the ancient monasteries in forests of Anuradhapura and Ritigala.[5][6][8]

The temple is constructed on three platforms over water, which are connected to the mainland and with each other by pontoon bridges. The temple's main roof is covered with blue color tiles and the temple is made from collected spindles and handrails in wooden finishes. The architecture of the edifice resembles the Kandyan era. All three platforms have numerous seated Buddha statues displaying different mudras. The main (central) platform houses wooden paneled shelter for meditation. On one of the side platforms is the Bodhi Tree which was grown from a branch of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi tree in Anuradhapura. The four corners of the side platform have small temples dedicated to several Hindu deities like Shiva, Vishnu and Ganesha.[3][5][6][10][11]


Seema Malaka is situated in the Beira Lake in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is situated 34 kilometres (21 mi) south of Bandaranaike International Airport and 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) south-east of Galle Face Green.[12]


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