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Amazing Dambulla Cave Temple

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Being on of the world heritage site as well as largest and best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka, Dambulla cave temple (The Golden Temple of Sri Lanka) has taken a attraction of many tourists. This famous site situated 148 km east of Colombo and 72 km north of Kandy. There are more than eighty documented caves.

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									Amazing Dambulla Cave Temple

Being on of the world heritage site as well as largest and best preserved cave temple
complex in Sri Lanka, Dambulla cave temple (The Golden Temple of Sri Lanka) has
taken a attraction of many tourists. This famous site situated 148 km east of Colombo and
72 km north of Kandy. There are more than eighty documented caves.

In the complex many attractions, which contain statues and paintings are spread over five
caves and these are related to Lord Buddha and his life. The human skeletons about 2700
years old found in this area proves that prehistoric Sri Lankans would have lived in these
before the arrival of Buddhism.

In the caves, the ceilings are painted with intricate patterns of Lord Buddha and
Bodhisathva images as well as various gods and goddesses.

This great monastery is still functional and remains the best-preserved ancient edifice in
the island. Historians believe that king Valagamba has converted the caves into temple in
the 1st century BC.

The five caves
These caves have been built during the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa eras base of a
150 metres high rock and are the most impressive of the many cave temples found in the
country. The largest cave is seven metres tall at its highest point and, about 52 metres
from east to west, and 23 metres from the entrance to the back. The statues of Lord
Buddha’s most devoted disciple Ananda, King Valagamba and Nissankamalla can be
seen in these.

								
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