Only two hundred meters from the busy Galle Road, at the end of the Subodharamaya Mawatha, the first lane after the Dehiwala Junction on the left side towards Mount Lavinia, an oasis of tranquil peace and silence can be found. The temple has two interesting points of interest to offer, being the Buddha statues with sapphire studded eyes and within the same image house a series of highly interesting and one of the finest 19th century wall and ceiling murals in Colombo. It is said that the gems have been given by King Parakramabahu I. The outer wall on the north side of the inner-house, in which these Buddha statues have been placed, also shows an illustration of the ‘Seven Week House’, the events that took place during the seven weeks after the Buddha had attained enlightenment. Only the West wall shows a lot of damage and urgently needs restoration; the other walls and the ceiling can still be seen in all its beauty. The chief monk or one of the other monks can show you the statue with the gems studded eyes. The Buddha statues are now behind a locked gate to prevent the gems being stolen. With a candle the monk will light the room when the gems in the statue’s eyes will shine up in the darkness, which will give a mystic reflection. To be sure that you will get to see the gems studded eyes of the Buddha and the murals being explained, it is recommended to make an appointment with the chief monk, Chandasmana thero, in advance (tel. 0725505496 or 0112713411).