Whether this be the statue of a sage of the image of King Parakramabahu I, no one can argue the fact that this indeed is one magnificent statue. Located in the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa, a favourable Sri Lanka resort to lodge in while you explore the area would be Maalu Maalu Resort & Spa, also renowned as one of the most sought after Sri Lanka Honeymoon hotels available in the island. A majestic bearded figure with a grave expression on the face and holding a yoke or a book in hand is carved on to a large boulder and the fact that this is found near the Parakrama Samudraya built by King Parakramabahu I has led historians to assume that this indeed is the statue of King Parakramabahu I while some others assume that this is a general statue of a sage, carved on to rock. Built presumably in the 12th century, the face of the statue is thoughtful with half closed eyes, high forehead and a beard while the upper body is bare with just one thread worn over the left shoulder. This majestic figure is a much visited site located in the area and a truly magnificent sight to be witnessed when visiting the place.
Jayani Senanayake is a writer who dabbles in travel and all things exotic. Under the pseudonym of Calliope Sage, she writes of the allures that must simply be discovered. Google+