Dambulla Cave Temple, Sri Lanka

From the Golden statue of Buddha, I started my trek to the Dambulla Cave temple. Sun melted my newly gained rejuvenation within a few minutes, but my mind was still in meditative bliss and this helped me to move forward rather than walk back tired and disappointed.  Halfway into the trek, there were locals selling souvenirs, t-shirts and most importantly WATER!!! Gulps, splashes and some rest in the shade and I was good to go. The second half of the trek was steep and it was turning windy as I was nearing the entrance to the caves. The footwear needs to be deposited on the racks besides the entrance.  Here is a helpful article about Do’s and Don’ts When Visiting a Buddhist Temple Anywhere in the World.

 

The Dambulla Cave temple is a complex of 5 caves located adjacent to each other:

  1. Devaraja Viharaya (Temple of the King)
  2. Maharaja Viharaya (Temple of the Great King)
  3. Maha Alut Viharaya (New Great Temple)
  4. Pachima Viharaya
  5. Devana Alut Viharaya

Photographing rock textures under low light was a bit tricky. The walls of the cave temple are covered with mural paintings, so use of flash is not allowed. Among the 5, the 2nd cave, Maharaja Viharaya is the largest one.

A rock inscription setup by the King Nissanka Malla (1187-1196 AD)
A rock inscription setup by the King Nissanka Malla (1187-1196 AD)

Read more about Dambulla Cave temples at Official WebsiteWikipedia, Lonely Planet and Lanka.com