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Sigiri & Dambula

Sigiri & Dambula

my-family-relativesEarly in the morning around 3 am me and my family started to get ready to go to our trip to Sigirirya & Dambulla.  All my relatives (10 people) came around 5 AM to pick us up. We  started out to Dambulla first. En route we stopped near the beautiful lake and had our breakfast “sinisambal Bread” home made. golden_templeWhen we got closer to Dambulla it was around 10 AM and our first stop was Dambulla Cave Temple.  During the climb up the rock to Dambulla temple lots of wild Monkeys greeted us with baby monkeys. The village Ladies selling Lotus Water Lilies which are used in worship at the cave temple of Dambulla,  give the monkeys rice, gram, even flowers also, to the monkeys to eat. We took some really nice pictures of Dambulla cave temple. Lots of ancient Buddha statues are in the cave temple and there are paintings even on the ceiling, over 2000 years old. What a sight !!

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After visiting Dambulla we went to Sigiriya  which is my favorite  place in Sri Lanka. I always think how brainy King Kassapa was when he build this famour Lion Rock. Before climbing  the rock fortress, we passed through dense forest. Very cool place with lots of trees and we heard insects making quite a noise. Then we came to the first step to climb up Sigiriya Rock- there are lots of steps we have to climb. When we climb there is a place we have to go sooooo silently as wasps are there. If people shout and disturb them they will sting us to death. Untill we came to this place, all our relatives and my sisters and every one was laughing and making  jokes  but suddenly when we comes to this place and saw the nests no one shouted at all and made no noise till we passed this place. We saw their nests it’s really marvelous, that was the first time I have seen such a nest like that. passing the nest so close. sigiri-fescoesThe Sigiri fescoes I should say are brilliant They have been hand painted around 5th Century AD. To see this fescoes we have to climb the steps made in iron it goes round and round in circular staircase.My mother was shouting saying she was dizzy and will fell it was so hard us to take her right up. But unfortunately today, we can see only 8 Sigiri fescoes. All the others have been destroyed by crazy people putting black paint on it. We took photos of all the 8 fescoes, there is a guide who explains everything – those fescoes are King Kassapas “pariwara Bisaw” his wifes, all has been painted from paint made from the trees, leaves , flowers , trunk and husks.

lion-pawsThen we came to the Sigiri “Katapath Paura” Sigiri Graffiti many poets who visited Sigiriya  expressed their feelings after seeing these ladies, and their comments are visible even today on the mirror wall. Some crazy people have destroyed the sigiri Graffiti, we tried to read some of that we can see but it was so difficult and as my sister was trying to read out loud there were lots of funny words she said and we were all laughing at her. As I think they have written in “Pali or “Sanskrit” language.  We then came to the Sigiri Lion staircase.  Originally it has had the figure of a recumbent lion but now we can only see lion paws.

iron-stepsFor the last part of the climb, we climbed steps made of iron. And I can remember when I went to sigiriya in my childhood, there were only steps hewn into the rock, which still can be seen near the Iron steps. And whilst climbing we saw a huge wasps nest with honey.  I still remember whilst climbing  two bees came around me. I was so scared as I couldn’t shout or do anything and I got angry too because my sisters were laughing at me. The bees buzzed around two three times and went back to their nest thankfully.
When we climbed right to the top of the rock King Kashyapa’s Chair and one Pond with water is still visible  Just imagine how brainy King Kassapa was to pump the water from the bottom with a series of canals right to top of the rock. On the top of the Sigiriya Rock the view is awesome and there was a nice cooling breeze. People seem like dwarfs from that height when you look down. It took approximately 1 hour to climb to Sigiriya and to walk down the magnificient rock.

“Finally I want to say you must have this experience as this is 8th wonder of the world”.

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