Kurunegala

Kurunegala

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Город Курунегала (Kurunegala) - одна из древних столиц сингальского государства. Курунегала расположена в 116 км. к северо-востоку от Коломбо и 42 км. от Канди. Город окружен семью горами - Etha-gala, Ibba-gala, Ada-gala, Elu-gala, Yakdessa-gala, Kuruminiya-gala и Wandura-gala. В восточной части города располагается скальный холм, высотой не менее 150 м, на вершине которого находится огромная статуя сидящего Будды. С вершины открывается прекрасный вид на окрестности.

По пути подъема в скале вырублены ступени, по которым в освежающей прохладе можно подняться на вершину холма. Это место популярно среди местных жителей, здесь также можно увидеть туристов, паломников и буддийских монахов. Выше, в десяти минутах ходьбы, находится небольшая дагоба, а рядом смотровая площадка, где можно отдохнуть и полюбоваться панорамой города. Еще одна достопримечательность Курунегалы - озеро, вокруг которого раскинулся город, а также старая часовня, построенная в 1922 году.

Неподалеку от Курунегалы, в деревеньке Ridigama, находится другая достопримечательность - серебрянный храм Ridi Vihara. Как следует из легенды, у короля Dutugemunu, который правил страной во втором веке до нашей эры, закончились деньги на постройку одной из дагоб в Анурадхапуре. Найденные в этих местах залежи серебра, позволили закончить строительство, и в знак признательности, король Dutugemunu основал храм в пещере, в которой была обнаружена серебряная жила. Patha Viharaya - нижний храм, находится в пещере под нависающей скалой.

В одной из пещер находится статуя лежащего Будды. Там же, внутри стеклянного саркофага, хранится древнее позолоченное изображение Будды. В пещере также размещено еще одно огромное изображение сидящего Будды, изображения индусских богов и статуи короля Dutugemunu. Стены и потолок покрыты фресками с изображением цветов. Одна из дверей, при входе в пещеру, украшена резьбой по слоновой кости, с изображением пяти переплетенных женских фигур.

Uda Viharaya - верхний храм, был построен Королем Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe и также как и нижний храм, украшен фресками, картинами и всевозможными изображениями, относящимися к сингальскому искусству. Главная достопримечательность храма - сидящий Будда. Кроме этого, в одной из комнат, находятся несколько древних деревянных статуй Будды.

Recommended review time for sightseeing: 1 h



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Tourist reviews about Kurunegala

One of the 21st century people makes..
Tharindu... [TA], ,

Beauty of this statue is its totally made from natural rock. Nothing bring from outside. This idea came to a one of child in that village when the Bahamian Buddhist statues were destroyed. He came to this temple's head monk and told this idea. And this idea became to a reality. This marvel take to made around 8 years and now its open to everyone. Really nice place and you will understand that still there is talents to do these types of marvels to this generation without using new technology.

Lovely Work of Art
Priyanath... [TA], , Moratuwa, null, Sri Lanka

It is a must see place.The buddha statue is a real marvel.It is situated on top of a rock.The Indian workmen have done a marvelous job.

Idealistic
Thyaga5 [TA], , Colombo, Sri Lanka

It's made to replace the Bhamian Buddha statues which were destroyed back in the day.
started on 2002 & finally ended on 30th of april 2015.
Still the surrounding area needs to be properly finished.
After the Royal era this is the first massive statue made by Sri Lankans & all the financial aid was gathered from donations.
Made by Indian artists statue is 68ft high as i remember.
Costed 120 Million Rps & needs 20 more to complete the surrounding area.
The giant Buddha Statue sits on a stone lotus in middle of a pond made of stone.
Kind of reminds the Golden era of Sri Lankan culture.

Just use the route to Ridee Wehera but Don't turn right just keep on heading straight.
Needs to park the vehicle downhill & climb up on the stone stair way.
aftter about 500m you'll reach the statue.

No worries you can find many small shops set up by the locals along the way & my opinion take a hat with you for now since it's still under construction.

Nice Buddha statue, visible from the city
UltraCool... [TA], , Bengaluru (Bangalore), India

It's a nice buddha status on top of the hill. It is also visible from most parts of the town and from the main road.

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Popular place for wedding pictures
eleblue [TA], , Berlin, Germany

When we were there there were several wedding couples taking pictures. Great for us foreigners to watch them pose. Monkeys were also jumping around and it's a great view of Kurunegala from up there.

REAL LIFE WONDER ON THE MAKE!
Prem K [TA], , Blackpool, United Kingdom

In the vicinity of Kurunegala, small town of Rideegama got the blessing of Lord Buddha to have worlds largest Samadhi Buddha statue. Now on the final stages, really it's massive. India's most famous sculpture S.M. Ganapathi Stapathi created this statue with utmost expertise. He is the one created worlds tallest Monolith of Gauthama Buddha staue in Hyderabad in India (58 feet). Once this statue open for public view, the authorities must provide proper facilities for not only the pilgrims but also the tourists who come to see this wonder.

Amazing creation!
Pamila75 [TA], , Kurunegala, Sri Lanka

Located off Kurunegala city. The statue is carved from a natural granite rock located among short hills. The road is quite easy. The quality of art work is satisfactory. the only negative point is frequent disturbance due to collection of donations. Minimum basic facilities in the vicinity.

WOW
Emma M [TA], ,

This is a beautiful statue. Awesome view of the town. Lots of wildlife - monkeys and insects. Unbelievable how big this is.

Wow!
gsrs [TA], , usa

This is impressive. A short visit is all that is required to keep this image in your mind for a long time.

World's tallest granite Samadhi Buddha statue in Kurunegala
nuwan4u [TA], , Colombo, Sri Lanka

A granite rock is being transformed to The World's Tallest Buddha Statue. This is situated in Rideegama, 23kms from Kurunegala town.

Final stage of completion
Himantha [TA], , Colombo, Sri Lanka

It is in the final stage of completion.The World's Tallest Buddha Statue by skilful stone masons from India.

World's tallest granite Buddha statue in Kurunegala
Wasantha... [TA], , Glen Waverley, Australia

A granite rock situated in Rideegama, 23kms from Kurunegala town is being transformed to
The World's Tallest Buddha Statue by skilful stone masons from India. Myth was that ancient stone masons used herbal mixtures to soften the granite, but nothing of a kind and you can see with your own eyes how skilfully they drill, blast and chipping the shapes. Man made granite pond in front of the statue is 7.0 meters deep. The time and money spending on this project is immense but for generations and generations would appreciate this creation like we the current generation value and regard the Awukana Buddha Statue in Kantale, Sri Lanka. This is a must see attraction when you visit Sri Lanka since it's completion is getting closer. The access is easy gradual climb on the granite and half made steps in the making.

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