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Buddha Statue at Awukana

This 42 1/2 feet (13 meters) high statue carved out of solid granite, goes back to the 5th century, to the reign of King Dathusena. On a rainy day, it is said, that one can see droplets of water falling off the tip of the statue's nose hitting the ground exactly between the toes.- a testament to the architectural accuracy of the sculptor. Aukana is about 32 miles south-east of Anuradhapura. Several years ago authorities decided that the modern day pollutants are taking its toll on this ancient statue and erected a brick enclosure around and above it. To this day, this remains somewhat controversial

Ruwanveliseya

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Moonstone

Moonstones and Guardstones are generally found at entrances or at the bottom of stairways to temples, shrines, dagobas, and other important buildings. These are considered to be the most characteristic forms of classical Sinhala sculpture. Moonstone is a semi-circular slab of stone with richly carved bands of animals, lion, bull, elephant and horse in particular. A close inspection of these bands will reveal that each pose of each animal is slightly different to the previous pose, almost like the adjoining "cels" in a Disney cartoon

  • Last visit to Anuradhapura: Feb 2003
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