Location Dambulla, Matale District, Sri Lanka
Inscription 1991 (15th Session)
Coordinates 7°51′24″N 80°38′57″E
Dambulla cave temple is located in Matale district, in the country’s geographic center. The temple is 148 kilometers east of Colombo and 72 kilometers north of Kandy. In 1991, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization designated Dambulla Cave Temple as a World Heritage Site.
Dambulla cave temple in Sri Lanka is said to be the world’s largest and best-preserved cave. There are approximately 80 documented caves in the area surrounding cave land that have been explored. The main attraction has been divided into five main caves, each of which contains paintings and statues depicting Gautama Buddha and his life, as well as other artifacts. Believe it or not, there are 153 Buddha statues in total. In addition to the three statues of the Sri Lankan king, there are four statues of goods and goddesses in the temple complex.
Thousands of years before the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, prehistoric Sri Lankans resided in the Dambulla and Ibbankatuwa cave areas.
Dambulla cave temple in Sri Lanka is said to be the world’s largest and best-preserved cave. The main attraction has been divided into five main caves, each of which contains paintings and statues depicting Gautama Buddha and his life, as well as other artifacts.
Sri Lanka has a plethora of rock caves to explore. This rock complex, which is among them, is a major tourist attraction. When we look at the surrounding area, it appears to be a small declivity with an attractive pace, and even more so when we look at the surrounding area. Sigiriya is one of the ancient fortresses that can be seen from this location.
It is one of the most beautiful temple houses in the world, and it was built on a 150-meter-high rock. It was built during the periods of Anuradhapura and Polonnaru. This is massive, stretching for approximately 50 kilometers from east to west. The back side door has a height of 72 feet and a width of 23 feet. It has statues of king Walagamba and king Nissankamalla, gods of Hinduism, and the lord of Ananda Buddha among other things. The cave of the divine king is the first cave of the Dambulla cave temple, and it is located in the first cave. There was an epigraph on the door that dated back to the first century. It tells the story of how this cave was discovered. There are a total of 14 different statues. The cave was painted for the last time in the twentieth century.
Sri Lanka’s Dambulla cave complex is a major tourist attraction. Sigiriya is one of the ancient fortresses that can be seen from this location. The cave of the divine king is the first cave in the complex and it dates back to the first century.
Cave of the Great King
This is the second-largest cave in the world. It has a total of 16 Buddha statues, as well as decorative statues of the god Vishnu and god Saman, among other things. The beauty of this cave construction is enhanced. When it comes to capacity, it measures approximately 172 feet in length, 75 feet in width, and 21 feet in height. The cave of the great king contains 50 statues of Lord Buddha, each of which depicts a different attitude. The statues of Lord Buddha found in the cave of the great king are described here.
The cave of the great king contains 50 statues of Lord Buddha. It measures approximately 172 feet in length, 75 feet in width, and 21 feet in height. It has a total of 16 Buddha statues, as well as decorative statues of the god Vishnu and god Saman.
The Great New Temple
This cave temple is separated from the second cave by an ancient wall that dates back thousands of years. This cave was used as a storeroom in the early seventeenth century. In addition, the door to this cave is connected to the door to the second cave. The great new temple measures approximately 90 feet in length, 81 feet in width, and 36 feet in height. This cave has been painted in order to draw attention to the ancient period.
The Western Temple
This rock cave is referred to as the temple or the western temple. It measures 56 feet in length, 27 feet in width, and 27 feet in height. It has 80 statues of Lord Buddha, the largest of which is in the center of the arch. When compared to other statues, the main statue has a lot in common with them.
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