Naga and the Buddha

Naga and the Buddha

Nagas are everywhere in Buddhist art and architecture. In order to visit Angkor Thom in Cambodia, you need to walk across a bridge adorned on either side with the Naga balistrade. Here the Naga provides protection from the moat and linkage between heaven and earth....
Temple of the Sacred Tooth, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Temple of the Sacred Tooth, Kandy, Sri Lanka

  Sri Dalada Maligawa Temple of the Sacred Tooth is the holiest Buddhist site in Sri Lanka. The temple is located within the old Palace complex. When we visited, we needed to go through a rigorous security checkpoint due to the bombing by the Tamil Tigers on January...
Sigiriya Lion Rock, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya Lion Rock, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya Lion Rock rises 360 meters above sea level. While it is not a Buddhist pilgrimage site, it is very important historically and archaeologically and is one of the UNESCO Cultural Triangle sites. As described later in this post, it was also home during separate...
A Tour of Sri Lanka Buddhist Sites

A Tour of Sri Lanka Buddhist Sites

Dambulla Cave Temples or Temple of the Golden Mountain Polonnaruwa, the 2nd ancient capital of Sri Lanka Sigiriya Lion Rock Temple of the Tooth in Kandy We visited Sri Lanka in November, 2007. Sri Lanka has been a Buddhist country for the past 2000 years, 2nd only to...
Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

In 1978, UNESCO approved a project to safeguard the centuries of cultural achievements of six exceptional sites in Sri Lanka. They called the sites, bounded by Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura and Kandy, the Cultural Triangle. When South Indian invaders sacked the early...