Polonnaruwa Buddha

Buddha @ Polonnaruwa

Buddha @ Polonnaruwa

In the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, there are quite a few Buddhas in close proximity. This Buddha was one of four (identical to my eyes) in a circular arena type structure called Vatadage. Each Buddha faced a cardinal direction and was approached by walking (no shoes or socks allowed) over the moon-stone (a sacred, half moon, stone carving representing the cycle of Saṃsāra in Buddhism) then up a set of intricately carved steps. The two figures flanking the steps are called Muragala and are called guard-stones supposed to be guardians. They failed in their mission for one of the Buddha’s was mostly destroyed. As I do at these ancient sites, I couldn’t help but marvel at the intricacy of the stone work.

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