Left the hotel for Dambulla Rajamaha Viharaya on the Sunday morning. It’s commonly known as the Golden Temple, Rock Temple or Cave Temple of Dambulla.
Photos on the way
Dambulla is a big town, situated in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. It has a population of 68,821 inhabitants in the 2012.
Photographs around the Dambulla Rajamaha Viharaya
Dambulla Cave Temple, also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla, is a World Heritage Site, situated in the central part of the country.
Got the ticket and going into the Golden Temple.
This is the monastery of Golden Temple complex Dambulla.
The Golden Buddha statue, Dambulla golden temple, just downhill from the Cave temple.
Local believers visited the temple for prayer on the Sunday morning. The traditional clothes of the old women are lovely.
The Sunday school has been held for the children. In this country, children must learn Buddhism.
The Sunday school at the Golden Temple, Dambulla.
The Golden Temple and the line of the Buddhist priests’ images. Don’t you have an eerie feeling?
The starting point to the Cave Temple of Dambulla.
Climbed to the Sigiriya Rock yesterday, I was really tired and do not want to climb the stairs today.
Walking up to the Rock Temple of Dambulla
Arrived at the gate of the Cave Temple
The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains. I was tired to climb the hill.
Dambulla Rajamaha Viharaya
This temple complex dates back to the first century BCE. It has five caves under a vast overhanging rock.
Plan of Caves Dambulla (from Sri Lankan Explorer)
The first Cave temple is called as Devarajalena Vihara, the Lord of the Gods Temple.
Entrance of the Cave Temple, first room Devaraja (King of the Gods).
The reclined Buddha statue of Devaraja cave temple
The large 45 feet Sleeping postured Buddha statue is said to be the Parinirvana status or the final passing away of the Lord Buddha.
The seated Buddha statue and the Venerable Ananda Thera image of Devaraja cave temple
Cloister of the Cave temple
The second cave Maharaja (the Great Kings), the largest temple.
Next door, pious locals pray in the temple all day long.
Inside view at Maharaja (Great King) Cave Temple, Dambulla.
Standing Lord Buddha image with flanking attendants
Reclined Lord Buddha image at Maharajalena Cave Temple
A lot of Buddha statue in the Maharaja cave.
Maharajas (great kings) of this cave, King Vattagamani Abhaya and King Nissanka Malla
Small pond on the outside of the corridor. Purple water lily is the national flower of Sri Lanka.
The third cave, the Maha Alut Vihara (Great New Monastery) acquired wall paintings in the typical Kandy style. It was built in the reign of King Kirti Sri Rajasinha (1747–1782).
Next door, Maha Alut Vihara (Great New Temple)
Inside view at Maha Alut Vihara
The nine meters long colossal reclined Buddha image at The Maha Alut Viharaya
Seating Buddha statue and the king of Kandy at the Maha Alut Viharaya.
The seated Buddha image under the dragon arch and the King of Kandy who built this temple cave, Kirti Sri Rajasingha in the Royal costumes.
Rock wall paintings, at The Maha Alut Viharaya
Outside view of the thired Cave, Maha Alut Vihara.
Next fourth Cave, the Pachchima Viharaya (Western Temple) Dambulla. (Cave 5, constructed later, is actually further west.)
The door of the Pachchima Viharaya
The fourth cave is relatively small. The figures of seated Buddhas in the meditation posture sit around the walls. A small dagoba stands in the middle; the crack in the side is the work of thieves who broke in, believing the dagoba to contain the jewellery of Vattagamini Abhaya’s wife, Queen Somawathie.
Inside view of fourth cave of the Pachchima Viharaya Dambulla
Seating and standing Buddha images of the Pachchima Viharaya.
Murals of rock ceiling at the Pachchima Viharaya Dambulla.
The final cave Devan Alut Vihara (New Temple), Pachchima Vihara Dambulla.
The stairs up to the fifth room.
Devan Alut Vihara is the most modern of the temples and the images here are made of brick and plaster.
The Buddha images of Devan Alut Vihara (the new temple)
The Reclining Buddha Image.
The main figure is a 10m reclining Buddha. Since the room is narrow, it is impossible to take the whole body.
Wall paintings of The Maha Alut Viharaya is done on a plaster face.
The Arhats, Buddhist saints who have attained enlightenment, are offering flowers to the Lord Buddha (left). The Arhats are venerating the Lord Buddha by Namaskara posture by arms (right).
Exit the caves to the precincts
The sacred tree, Bo
Gate of Cave Temple, after this I headed to the next destination Matale.
Distant view of Sigiriya Rock, from Dambulla Rajamaha Viharaya.
Flora of Dambulla Rajamaha Viharaya