Saman Devalaya, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka
The Saparagamu Maha Saman Devalaya, in Ratnapura, is one of the oldest Buddhist worship sites in Sri Lanka. Built by Aryakamadeva in 1270, it was destroyed by the Portuguese in 1618, and rebuilt by King Rajasinghe II in 1661. The site’s history, however, goes back to 137 BC, when records mention monks from this temple being invited to the opening ceremony of the Ruwanweliseya in Anuradhapura. Shot on assignment for Serendib magazine. My piece, In the Shadow of the Mountain of a God, ran in the April 2016 issue.