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Sri Lankan Buddhists pray at an 18 foot statue of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara at  the Kelaniya Temple in Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. The Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara or Kelaniya Temple is a Buddhist temple in Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, seven miles from Colombo. The spot on which this temple stands derived its sanctity in the Buddhist era 2531, with the third visit of the Buddha to this country.Over 70 percent of Sri Lanka's population practices Buddhism.