GAL VIHARA -ROCK TEMPLE

GAL VIHARA

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Polonnaruwa Gal viharaya known as “The northern monastery in the beginning of it’s history (Uttararamaya). The sculpture of gal viharaya in the art of the stone sculpture in Sri Lanka. There are magnificent group of statue built by king Parakramabahu.(1153-1186)

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The first statue is a seated Buddha in meditation, which depicts the dhyana mudra.The statue is 15 feet 2.5inches tall and sits on a carved throne. This statue show signs of Mahayana influence.
The next smaller statue of Buddha is located inside the artificial cave named the Vidyhadhara Guha. This smaller statue only 4 feet 7 inches in height.
The standing Buddha statue differ from other Buddha statues due to folded arms & closed eyes. The image is 22 feet 9 inches tall, which depicts the para dukkha dukkitha muddra (sorrow for the sorrow of others)
The last is a massive statue of Buddha pariniravana pose. The statue 46 feet 4 inches in length .The image is the largest statute in gal vihara. It depicts parinirvana of Buddha.

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