A Footprint Wiped Away by Time

The Forgotten Temple #16 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

A square of marble at the Dakkinagiri Viharaya, that was once engraved with a likeness of the Siripadha — the footprint of the Buddha, atop Adam’s Peak. Years of neglect has allowed the engraving to disappear in recent times as a result of constant exposure to the elements. Photos from even a few years ago show the stone with some of its imagery visible (see below). Known as the “Forgotten Temple”, this 9th century pabbata viharaya, hidden in the Kaludiya Pokuna Forest, east of Dambulla, in north-central Sri Lanka, is in danger of having much of its archeological value destroyed for lack of conservation. Shot for my cover feature, A Mountain Monastery Forgotten by Time, in the March 2018 issue of Serendib magazine.

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A photo from a couple of years ago shows engraving that has now been completely worn away (Ando Sundermann/srilanka-reiseziele.com).

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