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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  • Avukana Buddha statue at is a possible destination for anyone who has half a day over in Dambulla or Anuradapura and can be combined with a visit to the old vattenreservoiren Kala Wewa, the pink quartz mountains in the National Park and the Jathika Namal Uyana the old temple at Vijithapura (Vijitha Nagara) where the stone is on the King legend Dutthagamanis soldiers sharpened their swords. Well, Buddha at Avukana is 12 meters high and was sculpted from a single block of granite on 400 century under King Dhatusenas regime. On my last visit was a renovation completed and a great protection from the Sun had set. The big Buddha is nifty to see, but impresses like that moderate and the entrance was unexpectedly high, 1 000 Rs with further additions for the camera. Also, I would like to have a lot more information about the statue, it is as usual in Sri Lanka. On the whole, however, was my tour in Dambullas surroundings really interesting with several visits in everyday life.
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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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  • Must visit place if touring to Anuradhapura. A marvellous statue carved from a single stone. Not to forget to look around to see inscription stones.
  • A wonderful place to be.. Remote yet several things to see on the way.. a must visit
  • Amazing piece of art and historically important place.
  • Amazing place, Sri lankan government should give more priority to develop this place.
  • The Avukana buddha statue(famous as Avukana pilimaya) is a standing statue of the Lord Buddha located at Avukana, near Kekirawa in North central province of Sri Lanka. The statue is height around 12 meters height and was built during the reign of King Dhatusena in 5th century. It is also known as the tallest buddha statue in Sri Lanka. It depicts a variation of the Abhaya mudra, and the closely worn robe is elaborately carved. This place you must visit if you are roaming around Anuradhapura. Road condition is good.
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