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Gal-Vihara

  Province North Central
  District Polonnaruva
  Nearest Town Polonnaruva
  Period 1153-1186 A.D.
  Ruler King Parakramabahu the Great

Introduction

Popularly Known as Gal – Vihara, the site has been identified as the Uttararama built by king Parakramabahu the Great (1153 – 1186 A.D.) The Buddha images here are widely known because of their exquisite workmanship. These had been individual shrine rooms for the images as suggested by the ruined brick basements. The standing image has been the subject of much controversy because of the rare posture of its hands. The central cave shrine, which houses a relatively small image, has traces of ancient paintings. The inscription on the face of the boulder between the standing image and the cave is the Katikavata of king Parakramabahu the Graeat which contains the details of the reformation of the sasana and the code of discipline enforced on the Monks.

Key

  • Samadhi Buddha Image 15 feet and 2.5 inches height
  • Cave shrine 04 feet and 07 inches height
  • Katikaveta Inscription
  • Standing Buddha Image