King Nissanka Malla who ruled during the time when Polonnaruwa was the nation’s capital is believed to have crafted many a glorious landmark which forms part of the archaeological discoveries of this city. The Gal Potha is one such attraction that most visitors staying at boutique hotels in Sri Lanka love to visit. Ulagalla which is categorised as a Sri Lanka boutique hotel is one of the luxury facilities that one might want to consider in case one is thinking of visiting the city in the near future.
This slab of stone which has withstood the test of time portrays various writings of the king, his rule and eligibility to ascend the throne. Written in 3 columns with a total of 4300 characters on 72 lines, the Gal Potha is 8.2 metres in length and a further 1.4 metres in breadth. Historians have revealed the traces of a piqued metal which was poured onto its surface so that the letters would be more visible to the reader. On the border of the rock one can witness 2 rows of geese which have been beautifully crafted into it while a carved seated figure of Goddess Lakshmi will be hard to miss out on.
Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+