The Buddha Statue of Mahailluppallama
The six feet granite statue discovered from Mahailluppallama is said to be one of the oldest statue of Anuradhapura period. There is an opinion that this belongs to the period of one to two centuries B.C. The hair curled on the forehead shown as a dot and the broken right hand depicts the sign of Abhya mudra. The lines of the robe are shown in a design of parallel to each other.
2. The Samadi Statue of Mahamewna Park
This is a statue of standing for about 8 feet which is made out of granite. The face of the statue is pleasant with a slight smile, half closed eyes are turn downwards and the genius sculptor has tried to demonstrate the great kindness and the serenity of the Lord Budhha. There is no lines can be seen in the robe and the statue is in “weerasana” with the sign of “dyana mudra”. Although the statue depicts the influence of Gupta art school, the sculptor has had his own creative techniques at the carving of this statue.
3.The Samadi Statue of Tholuvila
This statue found from Tholuvila is in display in the national museum of Colombo at present. This statue is in “weerasana” with the sign of “dyana mudra” reflecting meditation. The hair on the head is curled and the robe does not bear any fleets. This is said to be similar to the Samadi Statue of Mahamewna Park and also reflects the style of the Gupta art school.
4.The Avukana statue
This is a standing statue facing the Kalawewa (tank of Kala) in Kekirawa in North Central province which is about 40 feet high, carved in to the granite rock during the period of King Dhathusena in 5th century. The right hand depicts the sign of “Abhaya mudra” and the left hand reflects the way touching the robe and it is said to be that the sculpture influenced the style of Amarawathi art school. . The fleets of the robe are carved with parallel lines and reflect the robe is touching the contour of the body. The statue stands on a granite lotus pedestal and the statue has been carved leaving a tiny slab in between the statue and the main rock to support. The sculptor has tried to demonstrate the greatness of the Lord Buddha and has taken every effort to maintain the balance and the proportion of all parts of the body which can be treated as a great creation.
Other special places around Awukana
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5. Maligavila Buddha Statue
This is a standing statue carved out of a lime stone during the period of king Agbho. This is situated in Maligawila in Monaragala district in Uva province. This statue was lying in dilapidated previously. Thereafter the scattered parts have been assembled and entire statue was erected to the standing position during the period of the former president Mr. R. Premadasa. This statue also depicts the same features and the sculpture of Awukana and it is said to be that it is in the style of the Amarawathi art school.
The Statue of Buduruwagala
This is situated at Wellawaya in Monaragala of Uva province. Bururuwagala means statues of Buddha on rock and there are other several statues also can be found which is said to be belonging to the Mahayana School. The historians are of the opinion that these statues belong to the period of 9th or 10th centauries and it is said to be that there was a monastery during that period. The orange colour fleets are the evidence to show that this statue would have been painted in colours. The statue reflects the Amarawathie style with the sign of “abhya mudra”. The special feature of this statue is that it has been carved in to the rock and some parts have been filed with plaster.
The Buruwagala rock which contains several images of Buddha and Bodhisathwa
7.The Standing Buddha Statue of Weheragala
This is a standing statue with a “siraspatha” on the head. The robe consists of single line fleets and it reflects the “dyana mudra” and in the “weerasana” on a lotus pedestal. The entire statue has been made out of bronze and plated with gold.
8.Sasseruwa Buddha Statue
This is a statue carved on a rock situated about 1 km. from the statue of Awukana which is still in incomplete situation. “Although the Abhaya mudra is reflected as in Awukana statue the pedestal is simply a granite slab without any decoration.
9.Pankuliya Buddha Statue
This statue is constructed on a dolomite rock which is found to be at the Ashokaramaya temple. This is carved similar to Samadi Statue of Mahamewna Park, however hands of the statue depicts “witharka” mudra and kataka hastha mudra”.
10.Dambegoda Bosath Statue
The statue discovered from Dambegoda is believed to be the statue of Awalokitheshwara Bosath. In this statue, the right hand is in “withrka mudra” and the left hand is in “kataka hastha mudra” is treated as the tallest statue of Bosath in Sri Lanka.
11.Bosath Statue of Kustarajagala
This has been carved on a rock in front of the temple of Agrabodhi in Weligama, Matara. This statue has been treated as one of the Awalokitheswara Bosath as it has been found figures of deities on the crown
12.Bronze Bosath Statue of Weheragala
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