Parakramabahu Statue at Pothgul Vehera (පොත්ගුල් වෙහෙර පරාක්‍රමබාහු පිළිමය)

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statue of King Parakramabahu
statue of King Parakramabahu

This beautifully carved statue stands 11½ feet (3.5 meters) in height and is carved into a semi-circular rock. Popular belief is that this is the statue of King Parakramabahu (1153-1186)  thus generally known as the Parakramabahu Statue. Another belief is that this is a statue of an Indian high priest (probably “Kapila” of “Pulasthi”). The long beard and the mustache, the hair, the clothing, and the body with a slightly large stomach are not what you would expect from a statue of a great king.

Irrespective of who this represents, this is a quite beautiful and unique statue showing the highest level of craftsmanship of the rock carving engineers of that time.

This statue can be reached by traveling about 1½ kilometers along the Parakrama Samudraya dam. There is a small unidentified and destroyed Chethya closer to this statue. It is believed by some that this is the burial ground of King Parakramabahu and this stupa holds the remains of the king.

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Driving Directions to Polonnaruwa Sacred City

The modern town of Polonnaruwa is also known as New Town, and the other part of Polonnaruwa remains the royal ancient city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa.

Route from Colombo to Polonnaruwa Sacred CityRoute from Kandy to Polonnaruwa Sacred City
Through: Central Highway – Kurunegala – Dambulla
Distance from Colombo: 230 km
Travel Time: 4.45 hours
Driving Directions: See on Google map
Through : Maradankadawala – Habarana
Distance: 103 km
Travel Time: 2 hours
Driving Directions: see on Google map
Route from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa Sacred CityRoute from Batticaloa to Polonnaruwa Sacred City
Through : Maradankadawala – Habarana
Distance: 103 km
Travel Time: 2 hours
Driving Directions: See on Google map
Through : Maradankadawala – Habarana
Distance: 103 km
Travel Time : 2 hours
Driving Directions: see on Google map

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