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Sri Lanka’s Rich Cultural Heritage – Part 4

Sri Lanka, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, is well known for its extensive and historically significant cultural legacy. A melting pot of various cultures, religions, and races, the nation has influenced the island’s history, architecture, fine arts, and food. The cultural heritage of Sri Lanka is a reflection of the island’s complicated past and lively present, from the prehistoric kingdoms of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa to the colonial-era structures in Colombo. This article will look at some of Sri Lanka’s most amazing cultural legacy, including its famous temples, historic monuments, and traditional arts and crafts.

4. Golden Rock Temple of Dambulla

The Dambulla Golden Rock Temple, often referred to as the Dambulla Cave Temple, is a historic temple region located in the country’s central region. Here, visitors can explore numerous ancient caverns, rock temples, statues, paintings, and murals. The Dambulla Cave Temples, which are one of Sri Lanka’s best-preserved medieval structures and are included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, are spread out over acres of ground. They are still very much in use today. This is the country’s largest complex of cave temples, and it’s situated 148 kilometers to the east of Colombo. It is necessary to know the finest time of year to visit Dambulla, where this cave temple is located, as you will need to climb and trek up the rock to get there. A steady 30 to 34 °C temperature range characterizes Dambulla’s climate. The warmer months of January through May see less rain and a pleasant climate in the area. You will get wet if not. The temple is open seven hours a day, and tickets can be purchased until five. Visit in the early morning or late at night to avoid crowds. Bring an umbrella along.

Even before Buddhism arrived in Sri Lanka, the area around the Dambulla Cave Temple is thought to have been home to prehistoric humans. The notion that these caverns date back to the second century BC is strongly supported by the excavated objects and the burial sites at Ibbankatuwa nearby. King Valagamba of Anuradhapura is thought to have converted the area into a temple after finding sanctuary there. The temple was built over the course of many kings, and in 1938, renovation work had been done inside the caverns.

From the seventh to the third century BC, the region is known to have been populated. These caves include artwork and statues that date to the first century BC. However, in the 11th, 12th, and 18th centuries AD, the sculptures and murals were restored and repainted. King Valagamba (also known as Vattagamini Abhaya) sought refuge in the city’s caves during his 14-year exile from the Anuradhapura realm. The exiled king was shielded from his adversaries by Buddhist monks who were meanwhile meditating in the Dambulla caves. In order to show his appreciation for the Dambulla monks, King Valagamba had a magnificent rock temple constructed in Dambulla when he ascended to the throne of the Anuradhapura kingdom in the first century BC.

Prehistoric (2700 years old) human skeletons were discovered at the Ibbankatuwa Prehistoric Burial Site near Dambulla, providing proof of civilizations in the region long before Buddhism reached Sri Lanka. According to archaeological research, there has been evidence of farming in this region for more than 2700 years. (750 BC)

Previously known as Dhamballai, it was governed in the late 10th and early 11th century by Kings like Raja Raja Chola and Rajendra Chola.

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