Points of Interest - Polonnaruwa

Gal Viharaya

Gal Viharaya
Sleeping position of the Buddha statue

This is one of the main tourist attractions in Polonnaruwa, featuring in thousands of post card designs of Sri Lanka.

Built by king Parakramabahu in 12th Century, Gal Viharaya consists of four Buddha statues carved into huge granite stone.

The four Buddha statues are of, Lord Buddha in the meditation pose on a lotus, 15 feet high statue depicting the Lord Buddha’s visit to the Thusitha heaven to preach his mother and guarded by two other statues of God, third is believed by some to be a seated statue of Ananda Thero, besides the fourth 80 feet long reclining statue of Parinirvana (passing-away) of Buddha. These are believed to have been painted with gold and studded with precious stones during king’s era and have been stolen by the treasure hunters.

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