Gal Vihara seated Buddha Statue
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What is generally regarded as some of the finest collections of Buddhist sculpture can be seen at Galvihara (Rock Monastery) in Polonnaruwa, the capital of ancient Sri Lanka from the 11th century. This most celebrated site in Polonnaruwa is known for its large rock cut images, which have been preserved perfectly over the many centuries. The Samadhi image on the left hand corner is a masterpiece of Sri Lankan Buddhist sculpture. The Buddha is in deep meditation sitting on a seat adorned with lions and thunderbolts. There is a halo round his head. Next to the statue is another housed in an artificial cave cut out of the rock. Various deities surround the image of the seated Buddha.