Isurumuniya Lovers
Photo and Text by Siri
Isurumuniya was built in the 3rd century B.C. as a part of a monastic complex. At the southern end of the Royal Pleasure Gardens, that comprises some 400 acres on the shores of Tissa Weva, sits the famous Isurumuniya Rock temple. Built around two enormous rocks, this temple complex is the home of the most famous rock carving in the region. The carving itself, popularly known as "the Lovers" dates back to the 6th century, and the style is of Indian origin. The figures depicted are believed to be that of Saliya, the son of King Dutugamunu, and the low caste maiden whom he loved.

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