Lion's Terrace - Portal to the Summit
Photo and Text by Siri
The entrance to the harrowing path that led to the summit starts at the Lion's Terrace, one third of the way to top. The early visitors began the final ascent through a gigantic lion's (sinha - lion) throat (giriya - throat), a sculpture that reached half way up the monolith. Today only the paws of this lion remain.
The pathway to the summit runs along the northern and western sides of the rock face. Shielding a section of this pathway is a high wall, with plaster that was polished to a mirror finish. After some 15 centuries of exposure to tropical weather, this mirror like finish still remains in pristine condition.
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