The Indian cultural influence in Sri Lanka

Indian cultural influence on Sri Lankan’s artistic development can be seen in the revered caves of Dambulla. As we drove into the Dambulla complex we were struck by the enormous Golden Buddha seated atop the temple.

Paved courts, ceramic urns brimming over with flowering bougainvillea, shaven-headed monks in orange robes, visitors, children queuing up for instructions: all created an atmosphere of colourful, disciplined, festivity.

Obviously the originally austere Hinayana sect of Buddhism, which did not accept the reverence of images, became more liberal and flexible under Indian influences.

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