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Sacred Stone Effigies of a Decayed Forest Sanctuary

SACRED STONE EFFIGIES OF A DECAYED FOREST SANCTUARY

This gigantic recumbent figure of Buddha, hewn from solid rock, is to be found at Polonnarua, the mighty medieval city which became the capital of Ceylon after the downfall of Anuradhapura. Standing at his head with crossed arms, is Ananda, Buddha's favorite disciple. Pilgrims from all parts of the island come and go unceasingly along the rough track leading to this desolate rock temple

Where Buddha Sleeps the Dreamless Sleep of Nirvana

WHERE BUDDHA SLEEPS THE DREAMLESS SLEEP OF NIRVANA

The city of Polonnarua lies buried beneath the soil, covered with myriad tangled creepers of the jungle. A few stately ruins remain to suggest vanished glories, otherwise desolation and decay reign supreme. And Buddha sleeps, enveloped in the mystery of the silent solemn forest, and undisturbed by the fitful chanting of pilgrims who have come many a weary mile for the good of their souls