GAL VIHARA - SRI LANCA
The four main statues in various poses at Gal Vihara ( means Rock Shrine )- Pollonnaruwa - that date back to the mid-12th century, cut from a single granite wall, and rank among the best of ancient Sri Lankan art. The first statue was the standing Buddha,which measure 23ft (7m) in height, and expresses the serenity of the Buddha. During the reign of Parakramabahu the Great, three more sculptures were added to this site. The seated statue of the meditating Buddha to the extreme left, seats on a throne decorated with lions and thunderbolts. A small statue of seated Buddha is inside of a cave and records in detail Parakramabahu's initiatives to unite the Buddhist order. The most famous and magnificent, the reclining Buddha statue to the extreme right, which measures 46 feet (14m) in length. He is in the last moment of his life on earth, on the verge of entering nirvana.