Personal Shrine

Personal Altar by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

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.

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  • Ammaduwa Devalaya, Sri Lanka #5

    Ammaduwa Devalaya, Sri Lanka #5 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    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.

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  • A Weather Eye

    A Weather Eye by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    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.

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  • Morning on the Ramparts #6

    Morning on the Ramparts #6 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    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.

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  • Today’s News, on the City’s Oldest Street

    News Spot, Bankshall Street, Pettah by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    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.

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  • The Kantalai Tank

    The Kantalai Tank, Sri Lanka (b/w) by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    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.

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  • Jade at Sunrise, Off Challativu Island, Sri Lanka #2

    Jade at Sunrise, Challativu Island, Sri Lanka #3 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    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.

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