Avukana Buddha Statue, North Central Province

The Avukana statue is a standing statue of the Buddha near Kekirawa in North Central Sri Lanka. The statue, which has a height of more than 40ft, was carved out of a large granite rock face during the 5th century. It depicts a variation of the Abhaya mudra, and the closely worn robe is elaborately carved. Constructed during the reign of Dhatusena, it may have been made as a result of a competition between a master and a pupil. The Avukana statue is one of the best examples of a standing statue constructed in ancient Sri Lanka. It is now a popular tourist attraction.Location and appearanceThe Avukana statue is located in the village of Avukana near Kekirawa. It is close to the Kala Wewa reservoir, and faces it. It was carved out of a large granite rock face, but is not completely separated. A narrow strip of rock has been left at the back of the statue, connecting it to the rock face and supporting it. However, the pedestal on which the Buddha stands, which is carved in the form of a lotus flower, was carved separately and positioned under the statue. The statue alone is 38ft in height, and with the pedestal the total height of the Avukana statue reaches 42ft. The statue had been located within a large image house or shrine, of which parts of the walls still remain. The structure was made of brick and stone, and was 74ft long and 63ft wide.CharacteristicsThe Avukana statue is considered to be one of the best examples of a standing statue of the Buddha from ancient Sri Lanka. The Avukana statue shows some influence of the Gandhara school of art, as well as the Amaravati school of art of India. The robe is worn tightly, clearly outlining the shape of the body, and its pleats are carved clearly and delicately. It is worn over the left shoulder, and the right shoulder is bare, as is the tradition in Buddha statues of Sri Lanka. The Buddha's body is straight, and the left hand clutches the robe at the left shoulder. The right hand is raised up to the right shoulder, with the palm facing left. This position is known as the Asisa mudra, a variation of the Abhaya mudra.
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  • If you are up in the Cultural Quarter - this is a "must do" location to visit. The statue is considered to be one of best examples of standing buddhas in Sri Lanka and it is really impressive. It stan...  more »
  • This site is surrounded by nature not far from Avukana on way to Dambulla. It is a less known picture but one of most beautiful we've seen and dates back to the 5th century. The advantage is that you there no tourist. If you can get a fresh walk around the water tank that just a few km away. We took our picnic at the Lake.........
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  • Definitely worth seeing! Very impressive is nice! Also the vegetation around is lovely and you can talk to the monks is friendly.
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  • Very historic temple. .but you need to pay entry tiket 1000Rs..not provide anything
  • Ancient Buddha statue carved out of a huge rock. Wonderful creation.
  • Amazing place to visit to see one of the ancient rare workmanships of a Sri Lankan artist who has carved this entire Buddha statue with every little detail taken in with the frills of the robe so beautifully carved as if it's real. A must visit place.
  • The Avukana statue is located in the village of Avukana near Kekirawa. The Avukana statue is considered to be one of the best examples of a standing statue of the Load Buddha from ancient Sri Lanka. The Avukana statue is widely believed to have been constructed in the 5th century during the reign of King Dhatusena.
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