Saturday, February 25, 2012

Friday, February 24, 2012

Stone pillars, Sithulpawwa, Sri Lanka.

In the absence of the technology of the use of concrete and the concept of an arch support, pillars for dwellings were chiseled from granite in the 2nd Century BC in Sri Lanka. Granite was available in plenty and was the raw material used. The picture shows some granite pillars at Sithulpawwa, Sri Lanka.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

An old ruin of a Stupa and the sacred Footprints chiselled on granite, Sithulpawwa, Sri Lanka.

Worship of an image of Lord Buddha was a later developement. In the early years of Buddhism only objects signifying the presence of the Master ('sankhetha'), like a pair of feet, an umbrella, a whisk or an empty throne were used. This was in keeping with the philosophy of attaining Nibbana when 'nothing remains'.

Sithulpawwa, Sri Lanka - Water reservoir and ruins.

Rain water collected in an open reservoir met the needs of the community of monks. The ruins of an ancient building are also seen from this photograph taken from a rock housing a stupa.

Monday, February 20, 2012

'Sithulpawwa', Sri Lanka.

This ancient site dating back to the 2nd Century BC is a mass of rock and trees. It has been used as a site of Buddhist meditation. The breezes from the ocean not far away give a tranquil atmosphere which owerwhelms one on a visit here. Click on the underlined web-link below to watch a video-clip of same:-

Sunday, February 19, 2012

On the road to Sithulpawwa, Sri Lanka.

Emptied bottles of liquor form a barrier to wild elephants, at a check-point on the road to the historic site of Sithulpawwa. This place is a sacred area venerated by the Buddhists in Sri Lanka.