Saturday, November 24, 2012

Sri Lanka - Part II

In Sri Lanka, there is nothing called 'Night Life' (may be it exists in Colombo, but the areas that we toured - there was none). After Lion rock exploration in Sigiriya and that ummilicious lunch, it was almost evening and we did absolutely nothing but having dinner and sleeping. 

Day 02: Polonnaruva - Medieval Capital City

2nd day early morning we started for Polonnaruva - Medieval capital city.

The glory of Anuradhapura was destroyed by the south Indian invaders compelling the Sinhala monarchs to establish the capital in a different location Pulatthinagara - modern Polonnaruva. The architectural features, sculptures, paintings and writings on stones have its own identity. Polannaruva type influenced not only by Buddhism but also by Hinduism as well. The UNESCO declared Polannaruva a World Heritage SIte in 1982.

Site map of World Heritage City of Pollanaruva 
At the entrance, there are ruins of Hatadage, details of Hatadage is shown in the below image:

Description of Hatadage
In the left hand side of Hatadage, there is Vatadage which is in much better condition till date.

Vatadage from outside
Description of Vatadage
Vatadage from outside
Inside of Vatadage
Stone sculpture at Vatadage
One of the four Buddha statues of Vatadage
Where many things of Vatadage is still recognizable, sadly in Hatadage there is only ruins. These old temples are evidence of Buddhism influence.

A temple inside Ancient city of Polannaruva
A temple inside Ancient city of Polannaruva
There are two Siva temples inside the city, which show the influence of Hinduism. Here I tried to capture only few major things, apart from these there are many items lying there with their own rich history.

Royal palace inside Ancient city of Polannaruva
A Stupa inside Ancient city of Polannaruva
There is a rock temple of the Buddha in the Ancient city of Polannaruva called Gal Vihara.

Buddha in sitting position in Gal Vihara
Buddha in sitting position in Gal Vihara
Buddha in standing position in Gal Vihara
Buddha in sleeping position in Gal Vihara
The Code of Disciplinary, Gal Vihara
Gal Vihara - Rock temple of the Buddha
Here ends our tour of Polannaruva. After that we had our much awaited lunch in a good restaurant, ummm - awesome food. I'm in love with Sri Lankan food.


Day 02: Dambulla

From Polannaruva we went to Dambulla to visit the Dambulla Cave temple and Dambulla Golden temple, both are famous Buddha temple and major tourist attraction in Dambulla. Dambulla cave temple is a World Heritage site, declared by UNESCO in 1991.

It is the largest and best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains.There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain statues and paintings. This paintings and statues are related to Lord Buddha and his life. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of god and goddess. The latter 4 include two statues of Hindu gods, Vishnu and Ganesh. The murals cover an area of 2,100 m². Depictions in the walls of the caves include Buddha's temptation by demon Mara and Buddha's first sermon.

Lord Buddha inside Dambulla cave temple
Lord Buddha inside Dambulla cave temple
Buddha statues inside Dambulla cave temple
Lord Buddha inside Dambulla cave temple
Lord Buddha inside Dambulla cave temple
The Golden temple of Dambulla
Golden Buddha statue of Golden temple, from the Cave temple
Golden Buddha, Dambulla Golden temple
Dambulla Cave temple and Dambulla Golden temple visit concluded our 2nd day.

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