The Buddhist holy place facility of Dambulla includes 5 cavern holy places sculpted under a large looming rock. The holy places were taken over numerous centuries, however the earliest go back to the 1st century B.C.E. The holy places consist of various sculpted statuaries of Buddha, as well as his faithful adherent Ananda, in addition to Hindu divine beings.
The biggest of the caverns is referred to as the Maharaja Vihara Lena, or Cave of the Great Kings, so called due to the fact that the cavern has the statuaries of 2 old, fantastic Sri Lankan kings– Valagambahu as well as Nissankamalla. Fifty approximately Buddha sculptures, consisting of a life-sized granite one, are all consisted of inside the holy place as is tiny stupa bordered by eleven seated Buddhas.
The cavern wall surfaces and also ceiling are totally repainted with paints illustrating very early Buddhist historic occasions as well as murals with standard Buddhist styles. Like all the various other cavern holy places, this is poorly lit, protecting the vivid shades of the murals and also paints.
One more uncommon attribute of this certain cavern holy place is the big steel dish that was put inside the cavern centuries back, most likely to capture rainfall trickling from the cavern roof covering. It’s stated that also in a serious dry spell, the water in the dish does moist up.
Dambulla is just one of the UNESCO World Heritage websites situated in the area called Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle. You need to go to Dambulla if you ever before go to Sri Lanka. It is a stunning and also really special website!