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Notes on the Geography of Sri Lanka: Kandy and the Temple of the Tooth: Photo 14

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Another stone wall rims an enclosure around devales or temples for three protective deities: Natha (taken as equivalent to Avalokiteshvara), Vishnu, and Pattini, a goddess associated with the cure of disease.  A fourth deity, Kataragam, has a shrine in the city's downtown.  Since the 18th century reign of Kirti Sri Rajasingha, these four gods have been part of Sri Lanka's syncretic blend of Buddhism and Hinduism: it was this king who brought them together by enlarging the annual procession of these gods to include the Tooth relic.  

The building rising behind the wall is the Natha Divala, a 15th century structure that is judged the oldest building in Kandy.

 

 

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