The beautiful island of Sri Lanka has a remarkable array of attractions that you can visit, if you are interested in learning more about the culture and history of the land. The Cultural Triangle alone is home to a stunning assortment of attractions which silently speak volumes about the grandiosity of the country’s glory days.
Aukana Buddha Statue is one of the best examples of ancient Sri Lankan stone carvings. It is located in the North Central Province, in a charming village named Aukana. You will be able to visit the site with great ease as you travel in the island with Green Holiday Centre.
About Aukana Buddha Statue
Aukana Buddha Statue has a height of 40 feet and is truly a great work of art. It has been beautifully carved out of a giant granite rock. The statue remains connected to the rock through a small strip at the back. The lotus flower upon which the statue stands has been carved separately and placed under the statue. An image house of brick and stone would have been built around Aukana. It is believed that this statue was created back in the 5th century, during the reign of King Datusena.
Some believe that the Aukana Statue was created as a result of a competition between a master and his pupil. Aukana would of course, have been the work of art created by the master, Barana, while the statue located in Sasseruwa would have been the one created by the pupil.
Aukana Buddha Statue reflects the beautiful Gandhara school of art as well as Amaravati school of art of India. The pleats of the robe are carved beautifully. The robe itself is wrapped tightly around the body to outline the shape well.
The site is a popular attraction today. Many tourists as well as devotees visit the Aukana Buddha Statue throughout the year.