Giritale Tank is one of the ancient reservoirs or lakes of Sri Lanka that was built by King Agbo II. Next to the lake, there is a huge buddha statue that makes this place more beautiful. The Buddha statue near the Giritale tank is a replica of the Polonnaruwa Aukana Buddha Statue.
I’ve visited Aukana Buddha Statue before. This standing Buddha statue reminds me of our visit there with amazing details and carvings of the original statue. There is a stone plaque that describes the opening of this statue. As mentioned in below stone plaque, this buddha statue was opened to the public in 1998.
According to the plaque, the craftsman of this buddha statue is Mr. Rohana Dharmasena.
As with any Buddhist temple, there were guard stones at the entrance of the statue with a moonstone that leads to the steps.
Check this post I shared before on the famous guardstone in Anuradhapura ancient city. You will see a photo of another moonstone too.
From this Buddha Statue, the view of Giritale Lake was beautiful.
After visiting this Buddha Statue near Giritale Tank, we walked back to the restaurant in front of Giritale Lake watching the beautiful views of Giritale tank. If you happen to visit Sri Lanka, and Polonnaruwa through Minneriya road, don’t forget to stop at Giritale. Both attractions, this buddha statue, and Giritale Lake are worth visiting.
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Nice quiet place. The lake is beautiful.
Yes, it is a great place to visit.
Looks so peaceful. Nice place to clear your mind I suppose. The statue is very nice too.
So true, this place is calm and peaceful. Good for meditation too…
I love this sculpture. So beautiful. I liked the details about the guardstones and the moon stone. I have never been to a Buddhist Temple. We have one in Tulsa and they have a large sculpture of Kwan Yin. I checked out the sculpture years ago but since the covid epidemic the grounds are closed to the public.
Thanks for sharing your experience. Buddhist temples are with specific architectural features. In Sri Lankan temples, guardstones, moonstones and there are other features that we can find in any temple, new or the temples that were built during ancient kingdoms.
Amila – thanks for your visit to my blog and your kind comments. The landscape around Giritale Lake is gorgeous. Your last photo is so pretty, especially with the sky!
Thanks, Angie for reading this post and commenting. Yes, it is a nice place with gorgeous views..
Beautiful area and the sculptures are wonderful.
Yes, it is a beautiful area. We had a great time there with wonderful views…
The place has a very tranquil atmosphere. I really like the work on the moonstone.
Yes, this is a very beautiful moonstone with a lot of carvings. Thanks for visiting my blog.
Beautiful scenery and sculptures. Take care, have a happy weekend!
…this is grand!
Now I could see the images directly in the post, but the warning remained.
Very impressive place and statues. As I said, a statue with Buddha who is not sitting is different.
And even the face seems different as I saw in different images.
Thank you for sharing these details.
Happy Today and a fine weekend, Amila!?❤️
What a beautiful place. So serene.
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Have a fabulous day and weekend. ♥
Lovely place! I enjoyed visiting virtually.
Thanks so much for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2023/01/shakshuka-love-this-dish.html
A fascinating site. The Moonstone is intriguing!
A beautiful area. I would enjoy a picnic there. #Weekendcoffeeshare
Such a beautiful place and incredible artistry of the moonstone, guard stones and the Buddha statue. Thank you for your weekend coffee share and photos.
What an inspirational site! This place you visited will be an unforgettable memory. Do you go here often?
Thanks for the comment and visit to my blog. I don’t get chance to visit here often.
Fascinating! So much history. The lake is beautiful.
What a beautiful place! Giritale Lake is gorgeous in your picture. Thanks for sharing this.
What a lovely stroll. I hope to visit someday!
What beautiful statues! My cousin had her honeymoon in Sri Lanka and I’ve heard lots of good things about the area.
Thanks Julie, Sri Lanka is beautiful and great as a tourist spot.
the statue looks great… and background is beautiful