In spite of the fact that the entire Sri Maha Bodhi Seya, in Mahiyanganaya, is a shrine covered both inside and out by images of the Buddha, someone — probably a caretaker — had installed a small makeshift shrine in a hidden nook at the rear, complete with offering bowl. The Sri Maha Bodhi Seya, a replica of the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, India, was built in 1989 by President Ranasinghe Premadasa. For more on Mahiyanganaya, read my story, The Temple of War, in the April 2016 issue of Explore Sri Lanka magazine.
The view from the entrance of the 14th Century Kataragama shrine, in the foothills above Godakawela, down to the sinhasanaya where, traditionally, the accoutrements of the annual perahera are stored. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. For more on the beautiful Ammaduwa Devalaya, see my story, Secluded Peace, in the May 2016 issue.
A crewman on the sailing yacht, Jade, watches a rain squall hit Arukarkudah, on the distant east coast of Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. For more on yachting off Sri Lanka, see my story, Racing Before the Wind, which ran in the June 2016 issue.
Burg Eltz Castle, Wierschem, in the Eifel Mountains of Germany. Summer 2016.
Detail of a ceremonial cart decorated to represent the chariot of the Hindu war god, Murugan. Sea Street, in the old Colombo area of Kochchikade, Sri Lanka. April 2016.
The interior of the northwest corner of the 17th century Galle Fort, shot from the Star Bastion. The building on the left is part of a military base housing the fort’s resident garrison, the 2nd (Volunteer) Gemunu Watch. The battalion maintains an outpost in the Aeolus Bastion, opposite the base. Sri Lanka, September 2016.
Gintupitiya Street, Colombo, Sri Lanka. April 2016.
Newspaper kiosk on the corner of Bankshall and 2nd Cross streets, in the Old Colombo area of Pettah. Bankshall Street is the city’s original main thoroughfare and, therefore, its oldest street, the central axis of the Portuguese coastal town of Kolon Tota, established in the early 16th century, the street name derived from the Javanese word for warehouses — bangasalas. Sri Lanka, April 2016.
One of the oldest reservoirs in Sri Lanka, the Kantalai Tank was built in the 7th century by King Aggabodhi II of Anuradhapura. April, 2016.
The 16.5m catamaran sailing yacht, Jade, anchored off Challativu Island, on the east coast of Sri Lanka. Sailing, as a leisure activity, is beginning to gain new interest in Sri Lanka which, this week hosts South Asia’s biggest boat show. For more on the experience of sailing in the Indian Ocean see my cover story, Racing Before the Wind, in the June 2016 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines.