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500 Rupees 2017, Sri Lanka

in Krause book Number: 126c
Years of issue: 22.05.2017
Signatures: Finance Minister: Mangala Samaraweera, CBSL Governor: I. Coomaraswamy
Serie: Serie 2010 Development, Prosperity and Sri Lanka Dancers
Specimen of: 01.01.2010
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 143 x 67
Printer: De la Rue Lanka Currency and Securities Print (Pvt) Ltd, Malawana

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500 Rupees 2017




Cornerstones. Denomination 500. The Sri Lanka Emerald Collared Parakeet (Layard's Parakeet) - Psittacula calthropae.


500 Rupees 2017

World Trade Center Colombo

In the center is the World Trade Center (Colombo).

The World Trade Center (World Trade Center Colombo) (also known as WTC Colombo or WTCC) is the tallest completed building in Sri Lanka. The height is 152 meters, so the towers are the third highest among the twin towers in South Asia. WTCC is one of 320 world trade centers in 90 countries of the world.

WTCC is operated by Overseas Realty Ceylon plc (better known as ORCPLC). ORCPLC is part of Mireka Capital Land (pvt) Ltd, which is owned by Havelock City, one of the commercial projects in Asia. The WTCC was opened on October 12, 1997 by the former President of Sri Lanka, Chandrika Kumaratunga. The center consists of two identical 40-storey towers: a 4-storey building.

The complex is located in the Fort area on Echelon Square, the area is called the Central Business District (English Central Business District (CBD)).

The Colombo Central Bus Station is approximately 2 kilometers away, the Fort railway station is 1 kilometer, the port is 1 kilometer, and the international airport is 32 kilometers.

In addition, there is a system that provides power to the main elements.

There is parking for 550 cars and easy access via a private road.

Lankatilaka Raja Maha Viharaya

Above is the Lankathilaka Viharaya.

Lankatilaka Vihara (Sinhalese: ලංකාතිලක විහාරය) is an ancient Buddhist temple situated in Udunuwara of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located on Daulagala road, approximately 4 km. (2.5 mi.) away from Pilimatalawa junction and a few kilometers from the ancient buddhist temple, Gadaladeniya Vihara. It is considered as the most magnificent architectural edifice created during the Gampola era.

The history of the temple goes back to the 14th century. According to historical reports this temple was built by King Bhuvanekabahu IV, who reigned from 1341 to 1351 A. D. He entrusted the construction of this temple to his Chief Minister named Senalankadhikara, who successfully finished the works of this temple. The architecture of the temple was designed by a South Indian architect named Sathapati Rayar. According to the Professor Senarath Paranavithana, Sathapati Rayar designed this temple using Sinhalese architecture of Polonnaruwa era and also with other Dravidian and Indo Chinese architectural patterns.

The vihara buildings have been built on a natural rock, called "Panhalgala Rock". Among the buildings the image house possess characteristically outstanding architectural features, embellished with traditional Sinhalese sculptures. According the facts recorded in the Lankatilake copper plaque, this image house was construct as a four storied mansion with height of eighty feet, but today only 3 stories can be seen. The walls and the ceiling of the image house has been adorned with the Kandyan era paintings and sculptures.

Rock curved inscriptions found in the temple premises with both Sinhala and Tamil sections, proclaim about the initiators and the facilities gifted to this temple by the kings.

The image house of the Lankatilaka is enriched with five devales. God Upulvan, Ganapathi, Saman, Vibhishana and Kumara Bandara are worshipped here. God Kumara bandara is believed to be the deity, who protect the Lankatilaka vihara.

In the main building, from the central entrance, you can see a statue of a meditating Buddha under the arch with a dragon, the walls and ceiling are decorated with paintings telling about 24 Buddha's life and frescoes from the time of the Kandian period. At the entrance to the temple there is a moonstone and two balustrades leading into the archway. In the central part of the temple complex the honorable place is occupied by Stupa and Bo tree, next to the temple of Vihara Ge and the Great Buddha's trail. Also on the territory of Lankatilaka Raja Maha Viharaya, stone letters in Sinhalese and Tamil languages ​​are found on the rock, occupying a large area, prayer rooms and even a dance hall with a wooden roof resting on stone pillars located behind the main building.

Lankatilaka Raja Maha Viharaya is a prime example of medieval architectural art, during the celebration of Esala Peraher, the territory of this temple is the second most important place in Sri Lanka after Kandy. ( .rus)

Psittacula calthropae

On the right side is Sri Lanka Emerald Collared Parakeet.

It is a parrot which is a resident endemic breeder in Sri Lanka. The common name of this bird commemorates the British naturalist Edgar Leopold Layard; his first wife, Barbara Anne Calthrop, whom he married in 1845, is commemorated in the specific epithet.

Layard's parakeet is a green parrot, 29 cm. long including a tail up to 13 cm. The adult has a bluish-grey head and back, separated by a green collar. There is a broad black chin stripe and the tail is blue tipped yellow. The upper mandible of the male's bill is red and the lower mandible is brown.

The female is similar, but has an all black beak and less green on the face than the male. Immature birds are mainly green, with an orange bill.

Layard's parakeet is a bird of forests, particularly at the edges and in clearings, and also gardens. It is locally common. It undergoes local movements, driven mainly by the availability of the fruit, seeds, buds and blossoms that make up its diet. It is less gregarious than some of its relatives, and is usually in small groups outside the breeding season, when it often feeds with brahminy starlings. Its flight is swift and direct, and the call is a raucous chattering. It nests in holes in large trees, laying 3-4 white eggs.

In cultureIn Sri Lanka, this bird is knowns as alu girawa අළු ගිරවා (ash-parrot) in Sinhala Language.

Tajuria arida

In lower left corner is butterfly The Ceylon Indigo Royal (Tajuria arida).

Hela Neela Paramaya (Sinhala).

The Ceylon Indigo Royal is endemic to Sri Lanka and is found in the low country wet zone. Wings of the male are dull frosted greyish blue in colour. This species is categorized as critically endangered by the IUCN. ( (

Panthera leo sinhaleyus

In top right corner is The Sri Lanka Lion (Panthera leo sinhaleyus), with sword (from coat of arms). About The Sri Lanka Lion, please, read watermark description here!

Numeric 500 at upper left and lower right. At bottom center the value රුපියල් පන්සියයයි in Sinhala, ஐந்நூறு ரூபாய் in Thamil and Five Hundred Rupees in English, of decreasing font size.

ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහ බැංකුව in Sinhala at Top center, with smaller இலங்கை மத்திய வங்கி in Thamil and English CENTRAL BANK OF SRI LANKA on next line.

Legality Legend in 3 lines

"ශ්‍රී ලංකාණ්ඩුව වෙනුවෙන් නිකුත් කරන ලද මේ

මුදල් නෝට්ටුව ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ඈතුළත ඕනෑම මුදල් ගණනක්

ගෙවිම සඳහා නිතියෙන් වලංගුය"

In English: "Issued on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka

Banknote legally valid for payment in Sri Lanka".


500 Rupees 2017

Padmanidhi Guard Stone

In top right corner is the Padmanidhi Guard Stone (VIII century) made on Gneiss Anuradhapura, which is now is Sri-Lanka National museum, in Colombo.

The dwarf figures known as yaksas or bahirawas were used in place of the Pot of Plenty. These figures represent two yaksas vested with the responsibility of protecting the wealth of god Kuvera that is said to be stored in the ocean. The headdresses of the yaksa figures of some guard stones had been designed in the shape of Sankha (conch) or Padma (lotus). These sculptures were used with the belief that they provide protection to the building. The best examples of Padma guard stone are at Abhayagiri stupa at Anuradhapura and at the entrance to the palace of Vijayabahu I.

Across all field of banknote is floral motive Dvithva Liya vela.

Traditional Sinhalese art has a floral motifs depicted with two similar creepers called Dvithva liya vela. These flower bands are combined or run parallel to each other in a regular pattern.

A map of Sri Lanka appears in the background, centered.

Thelme Netuma

This banknote shows a drummer with Yak Beraya and Thelme Netuma Dancer.

Thelme Netuma (Thelme Dance) belongs to the ritual of Devol Maduwa, which is performed to propitiate a deity known as Devol. The Theirne Netuma is a pure rhythmical and classical dance form of Sri Lanka Low Country dances. The main drum used is the Yak Beraya.

Yak Beraya

Yak Beraya (Ruhunu Beraya, Devol Beraya or Pahatharata Beraya) is the traditional drum which accompanies Sri Lanka Low Country dances. This instrument is a long cylindrical drum and is played with both hands.

Numeric 500 at upper left and lower right. රුපියල් පන්සියයයි in Sinhala, நூறு ரூபாய் in Thamil and Five Hundred Rupees in English, in 3 lines of decresing font size at lower left.

ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහ බැංකුව in Sinhala, ஐந்நூறு ரூபாய் in Thamil and CENTRAL BANK OF SRI LANKA in English, in 3 lines of decresing font size, at center upper left.

Printer Thomas De la Rue, Sri Lanka, in tiny text DE LA RUE in bottom right.