A marvellous creation of King Parakramabahu the Great, the Gal Viharaya part of the Uttarama or ‘northern monastery’ is one iconic edifice found in the city of Polonnaruwa of the north central portion of Sri Lanka. Those of you yearning to venture out and be amazed by its features should first consider staying at a Sri Lanka beach hotel nearby. Offering discerning travellers the luxury of enjoying a Pasikuda resort, the ever popular Uga Bay will certainly complement your stay.
The Gal Vihara comprises of four beautiful images of Lord Buddha which have been carefully carved into the face of a large granite section of rock. Each of the images has incorporated maximum use of the rock surface and offers travellers a truly mesmeric experience. The larger of the two seated images is 4.6 metres tall and showcases the dhyana mudra. Mahayana influence has been brought into this work of art which sits on carved throne and is further adorned with carvings of lions and flowers. The 1.4 metre tall Vidyhadhara Guha is more elaborate in design with a parasol and throne carved behind it. The standing image of the Buddha which measures 6.9 metres in height depicts a sorrowful look while the reclining image located next to it is regarded as one of the largest of sculptures in the entire Southeast Asian region.
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