The world is surrounded by pain & sorrow. Every one understand suffering. It’s all what we share with others. it’s utterly intimate & utterly shared. That’s where we begin. - Buddha
Photo: Pri. (from print collection 1999)
Carved statues of Gal Vihare
Located in north central Sri Lanka, Polonnaruwa is the site of one of the most breathtaking of the world’s representations of the Buddha – the Gal Vihare. This massive rock temple was constructed by Parakramabahu the Great in the 12th century. The central attraction of the temple are 4 large statues of the Buddha carved into the face of a granite boulder. Among these giant stone figures are a reclining statue of the Buddha that measures 46 feet in length and a standing figure measuring 23 feet high.