Thursday, November 18, 2010

Cave Temple One, Dambulla

The first cave had a 15 m (49 ft) long reclining Buddha. Along the length of its body were lotuses and other flowers, all lined up in a row. A lit sign in multiple languages and in picture warned people not to sit down on the religious items. Nearby were smaller Buddhas as well as Ananda, the Buddha’s loyal disciple. Adorning the walls and sloped ceiling of the cave interior were beautiful colorful paintings of Buddha scenes as well as lotuses and geometrical patterns. Many of the caves’ paintings date back to the 19th century. Being totally surrounded by paintings and sculptures was quite inspiring.

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