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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Ancient Ruins of Haththakuchi & Rajangane

Haththakuchi ("Elephant’s Belly") near Galgamuwa, is an impressive rock temple complex of great atmosphere, dating back to 1st century B.C.

It is also closely associated with legends of heroic and saintly King Sri Sangabo, built at the foot of huge rock outcrop, excavations have revealed a group of four handsome shrines and a curious rotund, probably an image house with pavement and foundations intact.

A similar 8th century complex is found at Rajangane, also near Galgamuwa, A handsome circular pillared shrine with four entrances, raised on a terraced platform, many other notable structures, cave shrines, ponds and 1st to 9th century A.D. rock inscriptions make this an ancient site of much interest.

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