Indian ocean: Rocky villages / Isurumuniya temple

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Isurumuniya temple, in Anuradhapura, built in the 3rd century B.C., was the first repository of the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha. It was originally calls Meghagiri Vihara or the Shrine of the Clouded Mountain. The temple is known best for its rock carvings, the most popular being ‘The Lovers’. There are many theories offered as to their identity. The style of the sculpture, resembles the Gupta Art of India. The lovers, therefore, may have been carved in the 5th century.


 

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