Saturday, April 30, 2011

Dambulla Cave Temple - Sri Lanka

More than a week without posting!! This must be a record but i really didn't feel like posting in the last days. I've been receiving many cards and i've been tired and when i get home from work i just want to rest.

Now i'm back and with some new interresting cards, including this unesco card from a New Country, Sri Lanka. The card was sent by Trupti.

This is a 18th century cave painting in 1 of the 80 documented caves in the surroundings of the Dambulla Cave Temple, an Unesco WHS since 1991.

"Dambulla cave temple also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site (1991) in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country. It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Lord Buddha and his life. There are total of 153 Buddha statues, 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of gods and goddesses. The latter include two statues of Hindu gods, the god Vishnu and the god Ganesh. The murals cover an area of 2,100 square meters. Depictions on the walls of the caves include the temptation by the demon Mara, and Buddha's first sermon." - in: wikipedia

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