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Aukana Buddha Statue

Anuradhapura, Ancient Central, Sri Lanka.
Location : Anuradhapura
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The Aukana statue is considered to be one of the best examples of a standing statue of the Buddha from ancient Sri Lanka. It is okayed near Kekirawa in North Central Sri Lanka close to the Kala Wewa reservoir.
The statue, which has a height of more than 40 feet (12 m), has been carved out of a large granite rock face, although it is not completely separated, during the 5th century. However, the pedestal on which the Buddha stands, which is carved in the form of a lotus flower, has been carved separately and positioned under the statue.
The statue depicts a variation of the Abhaya mudra, and the closely worn robe is elaborately carved. Constructed during the reign of Dhatusena, it may have been made as a result of a competition between a master and a pupil. Avukana statue is one of the best examples of a standing statue constructed in ancient Sri Lanka. It is now a popular tourist attraction in the country.
The statue alone is 38 feet 10 inches (11.84 m) in height, and with the pedestal the total height of the Avukana statue reaches 42 feet (13 m).

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