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Avukana Buddha Statue, North Central Province

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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, has been 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. Avukana statue is one of the best examples of a standing statue constructed in ancient Sri Lanka. It is now a popular tourist attraction in the country.Location and appearanceThe Avukana statue is located in the village of Avukana near Kekirawa in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka. It is close to the Kala Wewa reservoir, and is positioned facing it. It has been 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, has been 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. It had been made of brick and stone, and was 74ft long and 63ft wide.
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  • I like the place, aloof enough tourists, and you can see the wonderful things. A small village on the sidelines and the road leading up to the great Buddha statue and a small temple. When our group immediately appeared the guardian of this place cheerful monk who English told the story of this place and showed on the site. Turned us attention to the almost non-visible traces of ancient writings on the rocks. We were the only tourists. A beautiful place
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  • Our guide talked nonstop but due to different accent I could hardly catch 50% of what he explained about this special Buddha site. I felt lucky and blessed by Buddha for the rest of my life. Namo Budd...  more »
  • A huge statue of the Buddha carved directly into the rock, a symbol for Sri Lanka. Located in a secluded and quiet area that is reached through very suggestive and green areas. A detour necessary in my opinion. The statue is very nice and the surrounding area is very calm and pleasant.
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  • Stunning Buddhist Art, another must see: This temple is one of the top destinations for us on our long journey to Anuradhapura. On our way to Avukana, we drove past the Kala Wewa or Kala reservoir. This is an ancient reservoir built by King Dhathusena. The Avukana Buddha statue was created during the 5th century AD and is positioned facing this reservoir. This standing statue with the pedestal is 13 m in height and that's about 42 feet. It is a masterpiece of Sinhala Buddhist construction. The closely worn robe is elaborately carved and the left hand clutches the robe at the left shoulder. We did not encounter any entry fees. We made a donation. Therefore, if you don't, please consider donating what you can to the temple. If you can spare the time, drive around the reservoir and feel the tranquility of paradise. See photo 'Road to paradise'.
  • Aukana Buddha statue that rise to a height off 11.36 meters, is the tallest ancient Buddha statue in Sri Lanka.
  • The most amazing structure which is made by stone. Load buddahs asisa mudra is represented.
  • Avukana statue is a standing statue of lord Buddha. Height 40 feet. Near kalaa vewa.
  • Great and ancient buddha statue