Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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Saturday, December 28, 2013
|The Kurunegala - Dambulla highway near Ibbankatuwa.|
|The burial site.|
|Inside a tomb.|
|Layout of the tombs.|
Ibbankatuwa Burial site
'Ibbankatuwa Burial Site is located near the Dambulla Rock Temple, at the foot of the Talakiriyagama Mountain and it is about three kilometers from Dambulla town. It is the historical cemetery belongs to the Megalithic pre-historic era dated between 750 and 400 BC. The excavations revealed similar features fr'om ten tombs which consist of four stone plates placed in the four sides making a square and a one stone plate to cover it. Personal belongings as “necklaces”, “clay pots” contained human ash, cereal grains, terracotta, carnelian, agate and gilt beads and “gem stones” which are seen in India have been found inside the tombs also. Significant thing of here is that carnelian and agate are not endemic to Sri Lanka but have to import from regions such as the Deccan of South India. Therefore, it implied that about the trade affaires with the India. And the pots which are found from these tombs were used for placing grave goods and indicate post-burial activities such as grave visiting and also the belief in life after death etc. The Ibbankatuwa Burial Site is part of a larger burial complex belonging to the Dambulu Oya region located in the transitional ecological zone and a best travel destination for those who are interest in historical things in Sri Lanka'. (http://www.tour-srilanka.net/mathle-city/ibbankatuwa-burial-site.html)
The road to Ibbankatuwa from Avissawella:-
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
|The entrance to the cave temples at the summit of the rock.|
|A view of the distant mountains from the top of the rock.|
Prehistoric Sri Lankans would have lived in these cave complexes before the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka as there are burial sites with human skeletons about 2700 years old in this area, at Ibbankatuwa near the Dambulla cave complexes.'(Wikipedia)
Click on web-link below to see some still photographs taken by me on a trip there in October 2013:-
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
|A cave donated by a Naga|
Kantaka Chethiya was renovated in 1930's to the current status. When this stupa was discovered, it has been a just a mound of earth covered by various debris. This has been known as the Kiribadapavu Dagaba, Kiribat Vehera, or Giribhanda during this time. But a stone inscription found close by has identified the original name of this stupa as Kantaka Chethiya. It is unknown who built this stupa but it is said that the King Lanjatissa (119-109 BC) has built a stone mantel built for this stupa. Therefore we can assume that the stupa was built prior to 119 BC. The present stupa is 425 feet in diameter and is about 40 feet high. This stupa is most popular for one of the most well preserved vahalkada which can be seen today. Vahalkada is a special architectural feature which are four projective front pieces on the four sides of the stupa. The southern vahalkada is the best preserved. This gives a excellent example of the design of vahalkada at the very early periods. The band of 'Ghana' figures on top the structure take special place in most buddhist buildings. They are also called 'Vamana' figures or 'Bahirawa' figures. They are sort of mythical dwarfs in various amusing positions. In this structure on has a horse head, another bear head, another monkey head, and some are standing on the head. They also carry various musical instruments in their hands. The most significant Ghana figure here is the one with the elephant head who carry no musical instrument. Historian Professor Paranawithana believes that this is the very first form of the God Ghana, a very popular god in Hinduism. This god is now represented by a elephant head and 4 arms. The paintings on the southern vahalkada also takes a special place in the Sri Lankan History. Except for Sigiriya Frescos, Mihinthale is one of the very few places that frescos belonging to earliest periods can be seen. One such set of paintings was found inside the relic chamber of Giribanda Stupa which is now in the Mihinthale Museum. The other is the paintings on the southern vahalkada. These are painting of lions but most of them has been faded away. Primarily red and yellow colours has been used for these paintings.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
|The floor of the 'Alms-hall'.|
|A brick lined passage-way.|
|A stone-cistern to contain water into which flowing water was conducted by granite pipes.|
|The lush greenery around.|
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
|This is a new driveway, by-passing the famous stairway taking one to the caves and stairway leading to the 'Ambasthala Chaithya'|
BY MANOJ DISSANAYAKE ON MAY 30, 2013UNDER UNCATEGORIZED
it’s about 16 k.m out of anuradapura lies mihintale remembered in national consciousness as the cradle of the sinhala buddhist civilisation, it is here that thera mahinda , son of the mauryan emperor asoka, met king tissa in the third century BC, as a result of which the king embraced buddhism…, in fact the name mihintale, which mean’s the ” plateau of mahinda” is derived from thera’s name..the mountain was also known as chetiya pabbata( the mountain of stupas).
on the western slope of the mountain is the main flight of steps that would take you to ambastala plain , it is a wide flight of steps.. perhaps the widest in sri lanka, and is concidered symbolic of the spiritual ascent of man. it has 1840 stone steps arranged in three flights, shaded by temple trees on either side…..
all so, there are some of the important monuments…..
kantaka chetiya / ambastala stupa / maha thupa / mahinda seya / mihindu guha / aradana gala…………http://tour-lanka.com/blog/?p=50
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
|Stone carvings made locally for sale near the 'Samaadhi' statue.|
|'Kuttam pokuna' - The twin pond.|
|Watch the water flowing into the pond further away and subsequently into the pond nearer to the camera.|
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
One of the best specimen of bathing tanks or pools in ancient Sri Lanka is the pair of pools known as Kuttam Pokuna (Twin Ponds/Pools). The said pair of pools were built by the Sinhalese in the ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura. These are considered one of the significant achievements in the field of hydrological engineering and outstanding architectural and artistic creations of the ancient Sinhalese.