Thursday, October 31, 2013

'Kapruka Pooja', Thanthrimale, Sri Lanka.

Carrying the flag in procession.

Going round the Chaithya.
Getting the cloth in place.
Mission accomplished.
 A 'Kapruka pooja' was performed at the historic Thanthrimale Vihare by an organization of elders from Avissawella. The above are some pictures from the proceedings.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Environs of Saasaeruwa, Sri Lanka.

A 'Swift's' nest made of clay by the birds.

Entrance to the old cave temple.

Mother and child selling Lotus-rice harvested from the surrounding 'tanks'.

A room made out of clay walls below a rock.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Sunday, October 27, 2013

'Saesseruwa' ('Raswehera'), Sri Lanka

The image and the pilgrims.

Views of the image.

The nest of a 'Swift'.
A story among the village folk in Sri Lanka had it that there was a twin image to the famous 'Aukana' Buddha image, close to it near Kalawewa. It was claimed in the village folk-lore that these two images were started by two sculptors who happened to be a teacher ('guru') and his earlier student ('golaya'). It was a race against time to see who would complete the statue earlier. When the news reached the 'Guru' that his 'Golaya' working the 'Aukana' statue had completed it, the 'Guru' is supposed to have committed suicide by jumping down from the top of the statue at 'Saasaeruwa'.
Like all stories this was interesting listening to but was wrong on facts.
According to the temple authorities this statue was made during the reign of 'King Paetiss the second'. This was in the Buddhist Era 237 (307 BC). The statue is 42 feet and four inches in height, being four inches higher than the 'Aukana statue'. Thus it was claimed that it was more than 400 years older and was four inches higher than the majestic 'Aukana' statue.
The statue shows signs of not having been completed.

The '
Aukana' Buddha statue.
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The difference in opinion of the experts of the dating of Aukana Buddha statues was finally resolved following the discovery in the year 1952, of an inscription on a granite slab built onto the northern wall of the shrine. The statue was sculpted in the second half of the 8th century AD when Mahayana Buddhism threatened to take root in Sri Lanka.