History of sigiriya- 3 centuries BC and 5 centuries AD

Sigiriya dates back from over 7,000 years ago, through Pre-Historic to Proto-Historic to Early Historic times, then as a rock-shelter mountain monastery from about the 3rd century BC, with caves prepared and donated by devotees to the (sangha) Buddhist monks.

The garden city and the palace was built by Kasyapa 477 - 495 AD. Then after Kasyapa's death it was a monastery complex upto about the 14th century. However, there is also another version of the Kasyapa story, related by one of the most eminent historians of Sri Lanka, Prof. Senerat Paranavitana. He claims to have deciphered the story of Sigiriya, written by a monk named Ananda in the 15th cent. AD. this work had been inscribed on stone slabs, over which later inscriptions had been written. Till to date no other epigraphist has made a serious attempt to read the interlinear inscriptions.

The two conflicting versions have been the basis for the historical novel Kat Bitha’ by daya dissanayake, published in 1998.

Sigiriya is also the location for Arthur C Clerks ‘Fountains of Paradise’ Ancient glory dazzles at Sigiriya with a stunning 5th century A.D. and 3rd century B.C. rock fortress citadel built by a fugitive king in the sky, acclaimed as the 8th wonder of the world. Marvels include the mirror wall, lion stairway, water gardens and glowing colourful frescoes.

In a cave on the steep west wall of Sigiriya, beautiful girls smile still incredible frescoes. Around the foot of the rock, siadagiano The oldest gardens of 'Asia, dotted with pretty lakes and huge boulders fallen from the walls of the fortress.





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