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Standing Buddha at Gal Vihara in Polonnaruwa, Northern Sri Lanka

Standing Buddha at Gal Vihara in Polonnaruwa

The statue is 22 feet 9 inches ( 6.93m ) tall
and stands on a low pedestal shaped like a lotus.

Some believe it is not a statue of the Buddha.

 

Sitting Buddha at Gal Vihara in Polonnaruwa

Sitting Buddha at Gal Vihara in Polonnaruwa

The seated image depicts the dhyana mudra
and shows signs of Mahayana influence.



Sitting Buddha at Gal Vihara in Polonnaruwa

Sitting Buddha at Gal Vihara in Polonnaruwa




Sleeping Buddha at Gal Vihara in Polonnaruwa

Sleeping Buddha at Gal Vihara in Polonnaruwa

The reclining image, depicting the Buddha's parinirvana, is the largest in Gal Vihara.



Buddha Statues at Gal Vihara in Polonnaruwa

Buddha Statues at Gal Vihara in Polonnaruwa

Gal Vihara ( Gal Viharaya ) is a rock temple of the Buddha constructed in the 12th century.
The central feature of the shrine are four images of the Buddha carved into a large granite rock.
 These are considered to be some of the best examples of ancient Sinhalese sculpting and carving art.
 They have made Gal Vihara one of the most visited monuments in Polonnaruwa.


Buddha statues at Gal Vihara in Polonnaruwa

Buddha statues at Gal Vihara in Polonnaruwa

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