Isurumuniya is an enchanting Buddhist temple located in the city of Anuradhapura. There are magnificent carvings in this temple which have attracted large numbers of tours and locals to its territories since ages past. The Elephant Pond, the carving of the Royal Family and the unforgotten Isurumuniya Lovers are among the most attractive carvings of this majestic temple.
The carving of the Isurumuniya Lovers is indeed quite a beauty to behold. It depicts a man and a woman wrapped in each other’s arms. The woman is seated on the man’s lap. She is holding up her finger, as if chastising the man playfully and coyly. But the man seems to be unhindered by the modesty of the woman. He seems to be showering her with love and admiration, in spite of her playful warning. The carving is a masterpiece! Not a flaw can be detected in it. The crude, cold rock has been brought to life to tell an incredible love story of long long ago.
Historians believe the depicted couple in the carving is Price Saliya, King Dutugemunu’s son and the low caste maiden Asokamala. Their love story is one of the most beautiful tales of romance ever told. It is said that the young prince was so enamored by the beautiful Asokamala that he gave up his throne just to be with her.
Such ardent love surely deserves to be immortalized! This is exactly what has been accomplished at the holy Isurunminiya Temple. When you are travelling in the region, be sure to visit this place of unique beauty. If you want to have insightful tours in the Cultural Triangle arranged, you can get in touch with Green Holiday Centre.
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