Sandakada Pahana
Sandakada Pahana
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Kai Wah
Malaysia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Buddhist religious site with influence of Hinduism culture. The significant sights at this site are the impressive rock carvings which include the famous moonstone of semicircular shape carvings at the foot of first flight of step at the staircase and the guarding gods carvings at the entrance. It is included in the entrance fee of USD25 for the Polonnaruwa Ancient site. Well worth the value as part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
Written 12 March 2020
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dianedinky
Dunfermline, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I hadn't heard about this place before I went but so glad it was part of the escorted tour. Fascinating place to visit.
Written 13 February 2020
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Sinhalese architecture was known for its moonstones, semi-circular stone slabs often found at the bottom of staircases and entrances. Those at Polonnawura were a bit different. One band of animals became three [lion, elephant and horse]. They were not only placed at the entrances of Buddhist temples. That at the northern entrance of the Vatadage is the best surviving specimen at this site.
Written 6 February 2020
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DipuKV
Pune, India
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The architectural constructs, and the debriefs, are enlightening - you get to understand the deeper meaning of rituals
Written 13 January 2020
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Passion Travel Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sri Lanka
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
Moon stone is one of the greatest creations of ancient Sri Lanka. The images indicate the very truth of life. From birth till death , the difference stages of life has been depicted. The most obvious difference you can identify between the Moonstone of ANuradhapura Era & Polonnaruwa is the image of cow. In Anuradhapura Era , the moonstone has the image of cow. However with the Hindu influence during the time of Polonnaruwa, it was thought to be a disrespect to have the image of the cow on a place where people will shrug their legs. Cow was considered a holistic animal in India & that influenced the Art & craft of Polonnaruwa.
Written 17 December 2019
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
It's easy to ignore history at ground level when confronted with a variety of structures, temples, stupas, etc. These moonstones are a unique feature of the Sinhalese architecture of ancient Sri Lanka. They are elaborately carved semi-circular stone slabs that are placed at the bottom of staircases and entrances. The challenge is now preservation and protection from the tourist hordes that walk on them.
Written 17 November 2019
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Umesha
Colombo, Sri Lanka
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
while we are doing Polonnaruwa ancient city tour,we saw this stone creation,worth to know about history,there was one reduction when considering with Anuradhapura kingdom moonstone,because hinduism affected during the Polonnaruwa kingdom,so the pic of bull has been removed in this moonstone,very old creation,but still can see the animals created in the stone,really very nice history,very interesting
Written 18 April 2019
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
This intricately carved stone can be found sitting at the entrance of the temples within
Polonnaruwa, complex. the carvings symbolise the cycle of Saṃsāra (the never ending cycle of repeated birth) in Buddhism.
Written 16 April 2019
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
The stone is well preserved with relatively clear carvings considering its age and treatment it received over the past few centuries.
Written 28 March 2019
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Eva J
Moscow, Russia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
At the bottom of steps to religious areas you'll find a moonstone. Some of them have been smoothed by time and the passing of many feet. Some of them are still very intricately carved. Beautiful
Written 16 January 2019
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