Sri Lanka // The Cultural Triangle //


The remote and little-visited Sasseruwa Buddha (also known as the Reswehera Buddha) is a standing Buddha almost as high as the one in Aukana, though apparently uncompleted. The figure is in the abhaya mudra (“Have No Fear” pose) and, as at Aukana, originally stood inside its own image house, as shown by the holes for beams cut into the rock around it. The statue was once part of a monastery which tradition claims was established by Vattagamini Abhaya, who found refuge here during his period in hiding from Tamil invaders. Remains of the monastic complex surround the statue, including a pair of cave temples, one with a large reclining Buddha and another with Kandyan-era paintings and further Buddha images.

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