The soul is, on the one hand, something that a human being risks in battle and loses in death. On the other hand, it is what at the time of death departs from the person's limbs and travels to the underworld, where it has a more or less pitiful afterlife as a shade or image of the deceased person. It has been suggested for instance, by Snell19 that what is referred to as soul in either case is in fact thought of as one and the same thing, something that a person can risk and lose and that, after death, endures as a shade in the underworld.
We had postponed the decision as long as possible, but when we reached Kandy city the decision had to be made! We decided to go, and then the follow-up question was: Go to which ancient city — Anuradhapura or Polonnaruwa?
We asked our fellow travellers at the hotel we stayed at in Kandy. Most of them recommended Polonnaruwa, the reason being that even though it is smaller in scale, the ruins and temples are within a much more compact area, and they are in better condition.
So with that decision taken, we headed north-east to Polonnaruwa! After a 5-hour car ride including a walk up Lion Rock Sigiriya from Kandy, we finally reached Polonnaruwa. We arrived in the evening, so it was dark and we came through a road that did not go near the ruins of the Ancient City.
We drove through thick jungle, with just the rare light from a house or a shop piercing the darkness, so it felt like being in the middle of nowhere! Had we made the right decision choosing Polonnaruwa over Anuradhapura?
We had not pre-booked any accommodation, so we had to drive around until we finally found a hotel — Seyara Holiday Resort. The owner made us feel very welcome, and Ancient things felt like home straight away! The next morning, after a lovely breakfast at the hotel, we took at tuk-tuk into town where we rented bicycles and headed out on the dusty roads through the Ancient City Polonnaruwa.
The history of Polonnaruwa Polonnaruwa was the thriving commercial and religious centre of Sri Lanka some years ago. It consists of a lot of temples and religious buildings. For three centuries it was the royal capital, of both the Chola and Sinhalese kingdoms. Their reasons were apparently that is was a strategically better place to be protected from attacks from the Ruhunu Sinhalese kingdom in the south-east, and that it had fewer mosquitos!!!
And it was during this Sinhalese period that Polonnaruwa reached its high glory. In the early 13th century the cities glory was fading, it was abandoned, and the capital moved to the western side of the island where Colombo is today.
That was the sad end of the era of beautiful Polonnaruwa as a capital. Top 10 must-sees in the Ancient City of Polonnaruwa Before we went into the ruins of the Ancient City, we visited the Archaeological Museum next to the ticket office. The museum is designed for walking through, with a series of interconnected rooms each dedicated to a particular theme.
They also had scale models of the buildings and temples of the city, showing how they might have looked like in their glory days with the wooden roofs still intact. It is much better to see the ruins and temples in real life than on pictures and models at the museum!
Here are our top sights of the Ancient City Polonnaruwa: This group of buildings dates from the period of King Parakramabahu I — Even today it is quite an impressive building, but picture it being seven floors tall with 3 m thick walls, as the archaeologists claim it once was!
Today only some of the walls are left, with holes to hold floor beams for two higher levels. If the building had four more levels above these stone walls, the archaeologists speculate that they must have been made of wood.
Impressive building such a big palace in those days without machines! The ruins of the Royal Palace. Each elephant is in a different position and looks different from the other. Beautiful stone carved elephants on the walls of the Audience Hall.
It was incredible warm this day, especially around noon, so I had to buy me a lovely hat. Today the water is not very tempting to go swimming in, alien-green as it is!
Sacred Quadrangle The Sacred Quadrangle is a compact group of beautiful and impressive ruins within a raised up platform bounded by a wall. This is the most concentrated collection of buildings in the whole Ancient City, and a must-see for any visitor!
The Vatadage, 18 m in diameter. The Vatadage has four entrances, each guarded by a beautiful stone figure. The four entrances all lead to a central dagaba with four Buddhas. The central dagaba inside the Vatadage, with four Buddhas. This is one of few Hindu temples on the grounds. Me cycling from Shiva Devale No.Things You Should Know About Ancient Egypt [Jane Walker] on initiativeblog.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
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