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Kuda Gal Viharaya

  Province North Central
  District Polonnaruva
  Nearest Town Polonnaruva
  Period Unknown
  Ruler Unknown

Introduction

Comfortably hidden amongst the many terraces that surround the Baddhasima Pasada is a small shallow cave which has recently been identified as the Kuda Gal Vihara. Strangely it seems to bear little resemblance to the Gal Vihara which is only a short distance away from it. Visitors hardly come here. When we came across it, quite by accident, we were surprised and delighted. It had its own charm by its very solitariness. The cave seemed to nestle cozily in its surroundings. Away from the well trodden paths of the pilgrims. Away from their flower offerings, incense sticks, petitions and prayers.

The cave was roughly hewn and possibly incomplete The images of the Lord Buddha inside were comparable to those at the Gal Vihara.. A few faded wild flowers languished beside them.

History

On the east to the Badda Sema Malakaya you can see a cave with a carved statue of Buddha. The head of this statue has been stolen by treasure hunters in recent times. A photo of this statue before the head was removed can be seen at the museum.