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The Eighth Wonder of The World – SIGIRIYA

The Eighth Wonder of The World – SIGIRIYA

The Eighth Wonder of The World - SIGIRIYA
Sigiriya rock fortress

 

The Eighth Wonder of The World – SIGIRIYA,
The Sigiriya rock is found about 10 km away from the Inamaluwa Junction on the Colombo – Kurunegala Dambulla road. The rock has been named Sigiriya because of its lion-shaped palace. King Dhatusena, who ruled in Anuradhapura, had two sons and a daughter, a Kashyapa, a king of iron, and Mugalan, an anointed queen. King Kipunu has ordered his sister, Migara’s mother, to be burnt and burned to death. Seeking revenge from the king, Prince Migara Kashyapa tried to take over the kingdom. The Mughal forces organized and fled to India in an attempt to gain statehood. Migara Dhatusena further ruled that King Dhatusena had deposited wealth for Mughals.

        When questioned about his wealth, King Dhatusena said that Kashyapatha was the Kala Wewa. In a fit of rage, Kashyapa ordered that his father be naked and put into the wall of the Kala Wewa. History has it that the brother Mugalan, who avenged the death of his father, had built the kingdom of the Sigiriya fortress in fear of ever coming to war. Sigiriya is a World Heritage Site with walls, trenches, gardens, water parks, and a great art gallery. The uniqueness of this is that it is widely known in local and foreign countries as the unofficial eighth world wonder. The history of Sigiriya, which we see today, dates back to 477 CE when King Kashyapa built his palace on the rocky shore of Sigiriya. According to archaeological evidence, the history of Sigiriya goes back a long way. It is believed that a palace of King Rawana was in Sigiriya but no evidence has been found to prove it. However, many inscriptions say that Sigiriya was an Aryan settlement even during the second Paththipis era.

The Eighth Wonder of The World - SIGIRIYA
Sigiriya front garden view

Excavations around Sigiriya have uncovered some of the most advanced iron technology used in the past. The royal palace and other buildings built on the rock of Sigiriya are a testament to the advanced architecture of Sri Lanka. The symmetrically designed water park and its drainage system are astonishing designs for modern engineers. The water system which is still functioning when it rains shows the amazing ability of Hela craftsmen of the Sigiriya era. Sigiriya is famous for its frescoes. Scholars believe that it is one of Sri Lanka’s finest artworks. There are currently 22 figures in gold and blue. The first archaeological commissioner, HCP Bell says that the women in the golden colors are the women of Athupura and the maids are the blue ones. He has said that these women will go to Pidurangala with flowers. Senarath Paranavitana, the Commissioner of Archeology who later arrived at the site, says that these women are wearing symbols of Vijayu Latha and Megha.

The Eighth Wonder of The World - SIGIRIYA
SIGIRI ART

Another magnificent work in Sigiriya was recorded by people from all walks of life who came to Sigiriya. Today there are about 700 clearly recognizable songs. These songs reflect the ancient language, their taste and the gradual evolution of the Sinhala language. Sigiriya was eventually recovered from the forest.  Back in 1833, the Forbes went up the Sigiriya mound wall but was unable to ascend the rock. It is said that two young civil officers, AY Adams and J. Bailey, first emerged in 1853. In 1894, HCP Bell cleared Sigiriya and began its archaeological excavations.

Sigiriya is one of the most magnificent creations of the ancient Sri Lankan, and the uniqueness of the Sri Lankan culture and their talent. Excavations of the western gate of the Sigiriya have been excavated. Accordingly, many parts of its water park have been raised. Excavations have not been done in the East Gate, but a search of the area found that the buildings on the east side had been halted. By the time the Mughals came to war, cities in the East were likely to be built. Archaeologists say that the area was designed to be large enough for vehicles to get close to the rock. After 18 years, Mugalan, who had gathered with the army, came to war with Kashyapa. Legend has it that Kashyapa, who had gone to war, was unable to cross the mud pits and turned back inside. After the death of Kasyapa, Mugalan took the throne and arranged a funeral ceremony for his brother. It has been found close to the Pidurangala temple. Mugalan was handed over to the Sigiriya monks and returned to Anuradhapura

 

The Eighth Wonder of The World – SIGIRIYA

 

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