Special Feature — Mysteries in the Jungle: the Batatotalena Cave Temple

Current belief is that Batatotalena is the Divaguhawa of legend, though the argument on its authenticity goes on.

The characteristic triangular shape of an arch cave can be clearly seen at the mouth of Batatotalena.
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Someone’s at the Door #2

The Aluth Maligawa Entrance, Temple of the Tooth, Kandy. Sri Lanka, October 2018. Shermaine Willis and Anuradha Perera, for Ashraff Associates and The Radh, Kandy.

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Agama and Adhigama*

The Samudhraramya Buddhist temple, on Ahungalla Point, overlooking the Indian Ocean. December 2019.

*the Buddhist terms for descent and ascent; connoting salvation from above and self-realisation from below.

Interior of the Aluvihare Rock Temple, Matale

Shrine room of the Aluvihare Rock Temple, in Matale. This was originally shot on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka magazine in May 2017, to be featured in my piece, A Drive through Rattota, but never made it to print.
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The First Refuge

A rainy afternoon at the Neth Bodhiya. Shot on assignment for Ashraff Associates and The Radh, Kandy, in October 2018.

Dragon Door

'Makara Thorana' doorway to the inner shrine room of the Pidurangala Viharaya.
‘Makara Thorana’ entrance to the inner shrine room of the Pidurangala Viharaya. Shot for my photo story on “Sigiriya & Pidurangala“, which ran in the April 2018 issue of ‘Serendib’, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines.

Sunset over Unawatuna Bay #8

Sunset over Unawatuna Bay #8
Sri Lanka, January 2018.

“Sir, There is One; it is I.”

The Ruwanwelisaya, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
The Nirithadiga Parichara Cetiya, or Southwestern Ceitiya, one of the four miniature replicas of the Ruwanwelisaya, that stand at the four corners of the vast maluwa that surrounds the main stupa. Shot for my photostory, The First Kingdom of Lanka, which ran in the February 2016 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines.
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The Temple of War #2

The Temple of War #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
The preaching and meditation hall at the Nagadeepa Viharaya, close to Mahiyanganaya, in eastern Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka magazine. My road trip piece, The Temple of War, appeared in the April 2016 issue.
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Prayer Niches #2

Prayer Niches #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Triangular pigeonholes cut into the rock are used by devotees to hold small clay oil lamps. Aluvihare, Sri Lanka, May 2017.
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