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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  • July 11, 2017
    This statue is a massive standing Buddha hewn out of solid rock in the 5th or 11th century, according to who you believe. It was a very impressive piece of history for such an ancient sculpture. Of co...  more »
  • June 19, 2017
    We can see kala wewa around Avukana buddha statue! And it was calm place nice place great budhdha statue. one of greatest creation of our ancient. I would like request all to visit this place and dona...  more »
  • May 24, 2017
    According to legend, the magnificent 12m-high standing Aukana Buddha was sculpted during the reign of Dhatusena in the 5th century, v  more »
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  • April 25, 2017
    great budhdha statue. one of greatest creation of our ancient. I would like request all to visit this place and donate as much as you can to protect and maintain for future.
  • June 7, 2017
    Aukanan Buddha statue is amazing sculpture of ancient sculptures completed by carving a single rock. Buddhists must visit this place to worship. Even tough it is completed by rock, it is like bringing back load Buddha.
  • July 14, 2017
    best example for the real Sri Lankan architectural heritage
  • January 18, 2017
    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'.
  • January 24, 2017
    Aukana Buddha statue that rise to a height off 11.36 meters, is the tallest ancient Buddha statue in Sri Lanka.

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In recent years, Dambulla tourism has boomed among globetrotters, and the area now offers a variety of lodgings. Choose from pricey boutique hotels; inexpensive cottages, guesthouses, and inns; or backpackers' lodges around the bus station. Accommodations in Dambulla tend to follow the Kandy-Jaffna highway and Kandalama Road in congested areas, and four-star establishments cluster around the reservoir. Given that the World Heritage Site cave is pretty much the only attraction around, visitors tend to stay in the more relaxing areas of Kandy and Sigiriya nearby.
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