Sigiriya, the UNESCO world heritage site is among the top historic glamor of Sri Lanka. Sigiriya means Lion Rock, literally a carved lion into it. The rock in itself is an archaeological treasure with an ancient kingdom mounted on it. Until the 14th century, this so old rock place was used as a monastery of Buddhist
To let you learn more about Sigiriya, we have crafted 10 ancient facts about this most popular sight
The citadel on top of the site was built by King Kashyap, who ruled from 477 to 495 CE. In order to save himself from attacks by his own brother Moggallana, he chose this place of residence. From a top, one can witness the views of the surrounding area.
The first ever archaeological work of this site was started back in the 1890s.
• King Kashyap has lived a controversial life as he was born in a non-royal family where he had no right to the throne but still got the royal fame. He fought against his king father Dhatusena, captivated him and had him killed.
• Before King Kasyapa used Sigiriya as his residence, the kingdom was used as a Buddhist monastery. After the death of the Kasyapa, the place was once again used as a monastery until the 14th century.
• UNESCO cited Sigiriya as the best example of ancient urban planning in the year 1982.
• To feel pride, King Sigiriya crafted a mirror wall, polished in a way so that he could see his reflection whenever he walked by. Evidence also suggested another wall, 140 meters long, and 40 meters high, only covered with the paintings of ladies. The wall graffiti still leaves astonishing thoughts on the mind.
• On a level up the rock, Kasyapa decided to build a getaway shaped as a lion with a staircase coming from the lion’s mouth itself. This is the reason it is also called Lion Rock by him.
• The ancient monument attributes a number of water-retaining constructions, sophisticated surfaces and hydraulic systems which are still working today.
• Some scholars- Lal Srinivas, and Mirando Obesekara, also believe that Sigiriya and the City of the Gods were monumented 50 centuries before by King Kubera.
• As per some of the famous mythological manuscripts, the architect of the rock was Maya Danava. In Hindu culture, Maya was a king of the Asura, Daitya, and Raksasa deities. Maya was so famous architect that Mayasabha in Mahabharatha was named after him.
• The ancient rock fortress is pinned in the Matale district near Dambulla. The place holds remnants of a destroyed palace, variations of gardens, ponds, canals, fountains, and alleys.
- Researchers have also got validation of rock shelters, caves around the rocks inhabited by monks in the early BC.
When you decide to visit Sri Lanka off chance, do not skip to explore this great ancient site which has ongoing conflicts still going on about its history. Here, in this blog, we have tried to unveil some of the facts that may help you.