The Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya , one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the country , which would be teeming with thousands  of devotees on a Vesak Poya day fell silent this year with the spread of the coronavirus.

A few devotees braved the curfew to reach the temple and engaged in religious observances while most Buddhists stayed at home listening to sermons relayed over television and radio.

Here are some of the scenes at Kelaniya Viharaya on Vesak Day.

One of the most sacred & most visited temples in the country falls silent due to COVID-19 
A few devotees observed 'sil' but social distancing was maintained 
A lone devotee prays under the shade of the Bodhiya