"The Sage" (Parakramabahu I) at Polonnaruwa.
Photo and Text by Siri
A King or a Sage ?.

This larger-than-life size statue on the shores of Parakrama Samudra in Polonnaruwa is believed to be that of the great king Parakramabahu I, by a large number of scholars. But there is another school of thought that believe it to be that of a Buddhist sage holding a stack of manuscripts written on ola (cured palm) leaves.

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