Gal Viharaya,Polonnaruwa

Gal Viharaya (Uththararamaya) is another remains of Polonnaruwa, World Heritage Site
There are four statues of Lord Buddha carved out of same rock.To one side of this reclining Buddha stands a 7 metre Buddha, in a rare pose with crossed arms. Another smaller statue of Buddha sits in deep meditation, while a fourth figure is set into a cave cut in the rock wall.

It is popular as Gal Viharaya but this site has been identified as Uttararama built by King Parakramabahu the Great 1153 – 1186 a.d.
There had been individual shrine rooms for the images. The walls of central cave shrine is with some ancient paintings.

Also there is an inscription  & it is popularly known as ‘Katikawatha’ of King Parakramabahu the Great, which contains the details of the code of discipline enforced on the Monks

This temple is a great example of Sri Lanka’s Proud History.


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