Sandakada Pahana
Sandakada Pahana
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Kai Wah
Malaysia3,578 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Buddhist religious site with influence of Hinduism culture. The significant sights at this site are the impressive rock carvings which include the famous moonstone of semicircular shape carvings at the foot of first flight of step at the staircase and the guarding gods carvings at the entrance. It is included in the entrance fee of USD25 for the Polonnaruwa Ancient site. Well worth the value as part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
Written March 12, 2020
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,896 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Sinhalese architecture was known for its moonstones, semi-circular stone slabs often found at the bottom of staircases and entrances. Those at Polonnawura were a bit different. One band of animals became three [lion, elephant and horse]. They were not only placed at the entrances of Buddhist temples. That at the northern entrance of the Vatadage is the best surviving specimen at this site.
Written February 6, 2020
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1LifeStand
Colombo, Sri Lanka5,294 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Friends
The moonstone or "Sandakada Pahana" is found throughout Sri Lanka in the ruined cities. It is usually places at the bottom of a flight of steps. It is a carved semi circle which evolved through the Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy periods. Each band of carvings have a deep meaning. One theory is that it depicts the travels through "Samsara'. The outer band consists of flames; the creeper of foliage symbolises worldly desires, the lotus depicts the final achievement of Nirvana, the elephant, bull, lion and horse depict birth, decay, disease and death while the swans symbolise the distinction between good and evil.

The Moonstone changes drastically throughout the difference periods, depending on the influences at the time.
Written October 31, 2012
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Nimitta
Manchester, UK595 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
This is a beautifully elaborate and highly symbolic moonstone. The entrance to a temple literally layered with Buddhist philoshophy.
Written December 6, 2014
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worldnomad_01
Los Angeles, CA1,597 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
Sandakada Pahana roughly translates as "moonstone" and it actually is a half-circle shaped stone, covered with eight bands of delicate animal (elephant, bull, lion and horse) and floral carvings. You can find great examples of it in both Annuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. It seems to be a very popular architectural motif and you will find it in front of many old and new buildings, all over the island.
Written December 13, 2018
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Malwana
Colombo, Sri Lanka221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014
One of the most wonderful creations in Sri Lankan history. Pollonnaruwa sandakada pahana is different from Anuradhapura sandakada Pahana.
Written July 9, 2015
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Victorianlad
Melbourne, Australia17,460 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
This elaborately carved moonstone represents the Buddhist philosophy that guides kelt explaining was nit a religion as such.

Even to those of us who are Catholic, the carvings are impressive with those of animals such as elephants were obviously done for a reason as explained by other TA members below.
Written March 25, 2015
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One_of_the_BOFs
Cheltenham, UK7,029 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
This is another key part of any tour of the wider Polonnaruwa site. You will see a number of such semi-circular slabs, but not as clear as this one and it is helpful to have your guide explain its significance as per some of the other reviews.
Written February 16, 2015
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sujithkumarasilva
Colombo, Sri Lanka13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Friends
This is quite meaningful in Anuradhapura (the first kingdom). There six bands in this semi-circular slab of stone. The most outer ring is the 1st ring.
Namely
1. Floral design - represents fire or our worldly life.
2. Four Beasts - Elephant, Horse, Lion and Bull.. represents (Jaathi, Jara, Wyaidhi and Marana) Bith, Decay, Diseases and the Death.
3. Intricate d foliage - Our heavy bond to the world.
4. Geese or the Swans carrying half blossomed Lotus plants (Wise men can distinguished good from the bad.
5. Less intricate d foliage - Wise men begin to see the truth and less bond to the world
6. Half Lotus - Enlightenment, Buddha or complete purification of all the actions and the thoughts. Could only be achieved by following the medium path, no any extreme ends, there are no even sins or merits to give their out comes.
Written November 5, 2014
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PatriziaV
London, UK59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
It is amazing how this piece of marble contains the whole buddhism phylosophy. As you look to the different levels you are taken onto different aspects of the everyday life and buddhism. We all should learn from it
Written November 4, 2014
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