The Forgotten Temple
“A thousand-year-old ‘mountain monastery’, lost in the Kaludiya Pokuna Forest, east of Dambulla; forgotten by the tour guides, and seemingly by time itself. For the visitor seeking something literally off the beaten track, the 9th century Dakkinagiri Viharaya is an intriguing but serene detour away from the well-trodden sites of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle.”
The distinctive architecture of a pabbata viharaya, a form of rural monastery first appearing around the 7th century, is seen in the ruins of the Dakkinagiri Viharaya’s wall and moat. Shot for my photo story, A Mountain Monastery Forgotten by Time; the cover feature of the March 2018 issue of Serendib magazine.