Avkana Statue With the Canopy
Photo and Text by Siri
The historic Avukana Buddha statue is now open again for public veneration after the removal of its canopy by the Archaeological Department for safety reasons.

The canopy which is a brick structure was put up (in the late seventies / early eighties) at a cost of Rs. 1.35 million. The canopy was removed for fear that the seepage of water mixed with chemicals used in making the brick and mortar for the canopy, would damage the serene Buddha statue.

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