Here is the Cave Temple itself. It's a system of caves cut out of an enormous granite outcrop that rises more than 160m above the surrounding countryside and offers majestic views across the plains as far as Sigiriya, over 20km distant.
All of these functioned as shrines, housing various statues and sculptures belonging to the Sinhala period.
In all, there are 153 statues, the most eminent being those of Buddha, which vary greatly in altitude and size, with the largest one being about 15 meters in length.
One of the caves boasts more than 1,500 Buddha paintings and frescos, covering the entire ceiling and walls, reciting the story of Buddha’s life. Some statues are found to depict the Hindu Gods Ganesha and Vishnu as well. The total area covered by these caves is 2,000sqm.
The place looks very beautiful even on a rainy day:)
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cornejo (33296) 2013-04-30 9:57
Hi Marina, very good picture of this interesting look at this interesting cave shrine, beautifully captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good afternoon and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Romano46 (18466) 2013-04-30 10:23
complimenti per la composizione e per il colore che sfrutta i riflessi della pioggia per lasciare infinite sfumature nel pavimento.
Molto bello anche il soggetto, straordinario per la sua particolare posizione. Sei stata molto brava nel valorizzarlo al massimo.
Ciao e buona serata
dta (68832) 2013-04-30 10:49
Hello MArina ,
On retrouve se genre de sanctuaire sous rocher dans de nombreuses régions du monde . Superbe , celui ci . J'aime beaucoup l'efft du sol mouillé .
siudzi (34113) 2013-04-30 10:50
Like this scene. The temple looks very interesting and unique here and the vivid tones of the nature added a nice touch to the view. Well seen and composed. Good shot!
danos (88295) 2013-04-30 11:07
the place must be very impressive with all these constructions,shrines,houses,statues and so others,to make the place gorgous especially for the photographers.Excellent the light and the colour management as the beauty of the place.
fabbs99 (16783) 2013-04-30 12:46
Lovely courtyard of this cave temple.Great presentation of natural art and paintings.Well done.TFS.
Ecureuil (506) 2013-04-30 13:02
un endroit très particulier, à la merci du roc, mais il a tenu des millénaires alors pourquoi pas d'autres encore.
Des couleurs bien équilibrées dans une réalisation d'une grande netteté.
robmal (1958) 2013-04-30 14:05
Great shot with perfect quality, very impressive place and interesting architecture of this temple, well done.
bukitgolfb301 (36708) 2013-04-30 16:16
Hi dear Marina, how are you?
So clear and sharp image of vivid color touch from panfocus appraoch. Very well considered framework and the best compoistion image as usual. Man in colorful dress is a very good accnet.
Thanks a lot and have a good day!
Takero from Tokyo
dkmurphys (50408) 2013-05-01 1:04
Very attractive place, a ture picturesque image in perfect contrasts.
Well taken, have a fine day.
ikeharel (59569) 2013-05-03 4:52
Well shown here those built edifices under the mighty rocks.
Reading the note, I reckon it may be a museum over the shrine inside.
Good details and fine scale by the person in colorful slacks.
Have a nice weekend,
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-05-05 0:52
you mentioned already about the rain during your trip to Sri Lanka.But I have the impression in this case it worked on your favour.I really enjoy the wet pavement here and how it shines and reflects the surrounding in the small puddles.Also despite rainy weather the colors,their saturation are depict perfectly.They´re strong and vivid.
Interesting work and vision of this beauitful place.
Have a nice sunday
Miguel82 (25015) 2013-05-05 12:30
Excellent presentation that holy place
Your comment gives us many elements about what it is and what is the purpose of the caves
Great highlight of this cultural spot
SnapRJW (31617) 2013-05-05 23:33
Hi Marina - I missed this one but pleased to see it now, a place that fascinated me and your shot brings back good memories. You have managed to convey the feel of the place well with the cave temple enveloped by the rocks above. I love the small colourful figure which gives a shot of colour to the natural tones. Warm regards Rosemary
gildasjan (41810) 2013-05-06 12:36
Image bien composée et bien exposée sous cette lumière.j'aime beaucoup ce bon rendu du contraste.
abmdsudi (44792) 2013-05-07 22:07
Tks to the usefuf note. Opportunity well taken as shown here, so well exposed even on wet day that does not deter imaginative shutter bug from making a shot like this. I love the layout with the sole fig makes the shot works, the colours look natural, the lush greenery and i feel that the white structures stand out even more in this moody weather.This shot evokes a special mood of peacefulness and tranquility. Very fine work. Congrats.
adores (38697) 2013-05-10 16:23
You're right, the place seems great anyway. The colours are very good and I like the wet floor with the reflections. A country I want to visit!
janraiski (558) 2013-05-12 12:09
excellently composed picture of this interesting place.
ruisc_pt (10890) 2013-05-12 13:31
wonderful wet reflections.
A place I'd love to visit.. :)
carlo62 (35272) 2013-05-12 14:00
mi sono perso un pò di foto.
Ho scelto questa, mi incuriosisce il luogo e mi piace l'architettura. Un'immagine molto bella ed il pavimento bagnato, favorisce i riflessi che contribuiscono a rendere ancor più bella la composizione.
drt100 (2053) 2013-06-17 12:07
I really like this photo, the fresh rain and structure shapes. I have spent time in India and China often seeing iconography carved in stone. I am sure the content here is well worth the visit. Hope the air was not too heavy with humidity. drt100