Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Artifacts at Vijithapura, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

Decorative 'Guard stones'

Legend has it that this was the stone that was used, to sharpen the swords of King Dutugemunu's soldiers.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Vijithapura, Sri Lanka.

A 'Mal aasana' - flower pedestral in the form of a lotus flower.

The early form of 'worship' in Buddhism, was to remember the Lord Buddha, viewing certain representations of Him. The 'Foot-print' was foremost among these. This was long before Lord Buddha's images were made. Images for worship of Lord Buddha were not used, in early Buddhist practices because it was claimed that Lord Buddha went into emptiness and there could be no representation of this state. Representative articles like a foot print, an empty throne, a Chamara etc were used instead.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Views of Kalawewa, Sri Lanka.

One of the ancient irrigation works which goes back thousands of years in history, this water reservoir was built to store rain water, to feed the ancient capital of Anuradhapura.
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Friday, May 27, 2016

View from the bund of Kalawewa, Sri Lanka

One of the most beautiful spots in Sri Lanka. To take a bath in the reservoir, and partaking of a meal on the bund with the fresh breeze caressing one's body - this is paradise.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sights on the road from Galewela to Kalawewa

A 'cadjan' fence
A paddy field
Rural banking

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Galewela to Kalawewa, sights, Sri Lanka.

Galewela town
A dry stream
Country  road
A paddy farmer's courtyard

Monday, May 23, 2016

Scenes Wahakotte, Sri Lanka.

At the time of the Portuguese occupation of parts of Sri Lanka, a King of Kandy detected a rebellion organised by some European mercenaries, domiciled in the Capital, Kandy. He executed the culprits but exiled their wives, mistresses and children to Wahakotte. The legend says that this explains the high incidence of  reported blue-eyed people in Wahakotte.

Friday, May 20, 2016

'Apaaya', Kavatiyamuna temple, Sri Lanka

Figurines and drawings depicting the tortures of 'Apaaya' (Hell) to wrong-doers are sights for people doing the pilgrim path in Sri Lanka. These pictures were taken at Kavatiyamuna Temple off Aluvihare.