Wednesday, May 25, 2005
In my earlier snap, I missed out on a trivia. At a buddhist temple or monastery, you never show your back to the Lord. Dont know the reason exactly, probably some kinda respect.
And this post completed my plan of Sri Lankan pictures and am kind of finishing it off fast. Quebec-Montreal trip pictures are coming soon.
I do have a lot of pictures from Sri Lanka, yet I hope I gave a taste of what Sri Lanka has to offer with the choice of my pictures here.
Find more info here
They used to take it out for procession once a month but the recent bombings(including a part of the temple) has mandated to stop all that. Infact it is pretty ironic that the LTTE (Tamil Liberation tigers) do not see the fact that at Dambulla, the cave temple has not only buddhist artifacts, but also their own god Lord Karthikeyan in total harmony. It is only possible as Buddha was born a Prince in northern India and attained this state after enlightenment. Therefore, the origin of the race do not really differe much.
Ther were a huge number of statues all throughtout the inside of the caves. Havent still found what their significance is all about for that many statues there !!!
Flower patterns all along the sides of the rocky cave inside !!! Look at the symmetry of the paintings on uneven surfaces and the painfully time consuming effort that wld ahve gone in painting them, unless of course they had easier ways of doing that we dont know yet.
*Me is thinking of hiring the artist to paint my den *!!! *wink*
These paintings as to what we imagine are right on the roof above our head. I wonder how they would ahve painted it. have you ever tried painting a roof at your house. Your neck pains like hell after some time. But click on the picture and look close. You have a wonderful lining of intricate details painted all clearly. And add to the fact that it was painted on roof, it was painted on uneven surface as is visible. Nevertheless, the paintings did not ahve a shear or torn effect but the uneven surfaces were smoothly accounted for - as if someone drew it on a canvas and pasted it up like a well laid wall paper. Do any of you have any thoughts abt how they wld ahve done it? Another proof to my belief in
"The key to our future lies in our past" !!!
Again, I must say that there were a lot of guys who clicked with flashes. All they wanted was to take pride in the fact that they were there, take pics with them to be boasted abt to friends and relatives. But it was clearly warned that the pictures would be damaged by flash lights - its all natural pigments used to paint them.
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
This is one of the sites that was excavated. Unfortunately, this is a whole stretch of place where the ruins are scatterred arnd kms. And as you guessed it, the tickets were outrageously priced. We skipped a lot initially but had made arrangements to reach the palce without any tickets and paying some money and even ended up in fight bargaining !
Well, that was something that was not ethical to do, but taking a vacation, travel all the way only to see everything is priced in dollars (God, we still earn in rupees whish is 50 times lesser than the Dollar), cldnt prevent it. A mistake consciously made !!!
Ok, I had earlier told my next posts would be about Dambulla....actualyl our detinsation was Dambulla from sigiriya, but on the way was ponnurwala - archeological place. This country has a wide influence of Buddhism ...you can see statues of Buddha all along everywhere - the roads etc...and this one was captured on our way - standing alone on a highway !! Wonder who built it !!!
Who do you think were the ones up there next to the reservoir. It was me....but unfortunately, I was being threatened to be drowned in that hue reservoir by two she-devils with a he-devil watching over it !!!
another one of DV's who was way over the top when he took the snap !!!
And this is where you actually realise what the sigiriya rock resembles - it is also called the Lion Rock and that what you see int he pictures - the gigantic paws. In fact the whole fort was constructed so as to enter the palace via a stoneway that leads right into the mouth and throat....Talk abt architecture those days.....
You can learn a lot more about the Rock here
You will also find some interesting information here
about early settlements of Sri Lanka - namely the Dravidians (south Indian inhabitors)
Monday, May 09, 2005
Well, it isnt easy to paint on these surfaces - I'll show you soon examples of well preserved frescoes from Dambola !!!in my next sequewnce !!!
Ok, I just rememdered that you actually call them frescos - cave paintings seem to be really ancient term *wink*
Well, these fresoes are obviously painted using natural pigments.
You shd look at the following site to
learn more about sigiriya
But the place was amazing green with moss on the ruins of the fort !!!
Sigiriya is yet another world heritage center by UNESCO. There aint many announced by UNESCO and Sri Lanka has a good share of it :-p
Now, I am always amazed at the capabilities of our ancestors that we have seemed to forget. They were able to conceive and vision what we now term as impossible/most difficult and wonder at the mysteries ( Pyramids for example) of the construction.
On top of that rock was a neatly designed capital city by King Kasappa !!!
Here is where you will find much more
about Sigiriya !!!
This post is about our travel to Sigiriya. We were travelling through nice roads, greenery on both sides and what seemed like a way through the forest with minimal inhabitation. On our way, we stopped to buy some water and thats when we saw this porcupine. Look carefully at his eyes - those were crying for freedom. Though coming from a place where I have been exposed to small wild animals I have never seen a porcupine except for in zoos and hre I saw it captured and tied with a thick chain. The most atrocious part was when the guy asked us to pay money for taking a snap of it. well, I cld ahve crushed his balls right there. Why do we humans do this always. Is there any one animal on the planet that captivates/hunts the other for pleasure ??
we dont deserve the Earth.
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
This tree is believed to be the sapling of the holy, sacred "Bo tree" in gaya, India under which Siddhartha Gauthama attained enlightenment and became Lord Buddha.
Follow this link for a vivid description of Anuradhapura !
This is on the way to the Anuradhapura buddhist temple. A careful look at the picture would reveal a lined columns. They are supposedly the remains of what used to be sleeping bunkers I guess. I'm not dure and I hate for not noting it down about it when our driver/guide told us about it. DV/chikuado, do u remember?
This is Anuradhapura - one of UNESCO's world heritage site. This is the closest you can get (unless u want to take some risk) to the tamilians part of Sri Lanka. You could see the influence of the buddhism in this part of the country. It is a errily calm place and it was late evening when we finished our visit here. In a buddhist temple, you can see structures called the Dagobas - these are closed inverted bell shaped structures with no entrance or anything. They are supposed to contain relics of buddha and buddhist saints. Anuradhapura was founded in 5th century B.C and is the first capital city. It is amazing fact that the city's reservoir systems that supply water are considered complex engineering designs till day. It is an example of clearly envisioned city built by great human minds thus reiterating my belief once again in the line - " The key to our future lies in pur past" !!
Anuradhapura is an example!
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
It is a pristine beach and a wonderful place to enjoy your vacation. We wanted to get up before the sun showed up on this side of the planet....sky blue is not my fav color except when the color is on the sky itself :-)
This beach resort is one of the worst hit during tsunami I heard. :-(
what? u r asking me if I took one of the snaps....che che....I'm decent !!!
Place: Colombo, November 2004.
It was the evening we landed up in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is much like our own Kerala, but you are just not sure when it wld rain. Minutes earlier, it was warm and humid and suddenly the whole place transformed with the clouds engulfing the whole place !
I would be posting a series of pictures from our trip to Sri Lanka late last year, just before Tsunami. The pictures are not necessarily taken by me but by us. The posts following this is to share the trip to Sri Lanka.