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Aukana Buddha Statue

The Aukana Buddha Statue is shrouded in intriguing history and legend. Its history goes back to the 5th Century AC and is considered to be the tallest ancient Buddha statue in Sri Lanka, Coupled with the precision sculpting of the statue from a single piece of rock, the unique piece is testament to the ancient craftsman that hailed from the island of Sri Lanka.

Best Known For

  • The Aukana Buddha Statue is best known for its spectacular craftsmanship, from the Buddha’s head to the Buddha’s feet, the statue boasts of intricate attention to detail, especially when looking at the unique position of the ‘Asisa Mudra’ or posture of blessing, along with the drapery and proportionality of the features of the Buddha. Thus making it one of the best preserved ancient statues of the Buddha in the entire country.

Interesting Facts

  • The Aukana Buddha Statue has its origins in the 5th Century AC, under the reign of King Dhatusena.
  • Towering at 42-feet, the standing Buddha statue is the tallest ancient Buddha statue in the country and considered to be one of the tallest in the world.
  • Making this statue all the more unique is the posture it is sculptured in, as it is in the ‘Asisa Mudra’ posture or posture of blessing that is slightly different from the more common ‘Abhaya Mudra’ or posture of fearlessness.
  • The statue was sculptured with great attention to detail, as every aspect of the sculpture, features and drapery is eloquently represented.
  • It is said that a rain drop that falls from the statue’s chin lands right in-between the feet of the statue. This is evident with the depression made on the lotus pedestal the statue rests on.
  • Many debate the reason for the creation of the statue; believing that it was the result of a competition between a master (guru) and his pupil (gola). Thus the reason as to why a similar statue can be located in nearby Sasseruwa.
  • Due to the unfinished nature of the statue in Sasseruwa, it is believed that the master finished the Aukana Buddha Statue faster than his pupil and notified him by ringing a bell, which indicated the end of the competition.
  • At present, the Aukana Buddha Statue is sheltered by a large roof to protect itself from the elements of nature, due to its sheer size, attention to detail and historical significance.

Times, Seasons and Tips

  • The standing Buddha statue in Sri Lanka can be visited from 9.00am to 6.00pm, however, the ideal time to visit the ancient monument is during the morning hours, as the climate proves to be just right.
  • It is important to wear attire that is modest and respects Buddhist tradition, as the complex is considered to be part of the nearby temple too.
  • It can get quite hot, due to the scorching sun. Therefore, it is recommended to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Please adhere to the rules and regulations set forth by the temple, therefore refrain from bringing any plastic or polythene.
  • Taking snaps with your camera is allowed, however, only in certain parts of the complex, as such it is best to ask before clicking away.

Visiting the Aukana Buddha Statue certainly does make one appreciate the patience, devotion and skill of the ancient craftsmen that dwelt in the ancient kingdoms of Sri Lanka.

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LKR 500
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LKR 1,000

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