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Dambulla cave temples - the narrow Cave 1, Devaraja Viharaya (Temple of the Lord of the Gods) is filled by a 14m-long sleeping Buddha, carved out of solid rock.

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Dambulla cave. Torana of he entrance to cave 1.

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Dambulla cave temples - Cave 2, Maharaja Vihara (Temple of the Great Kings) the statues of Saman and Vishnu, the images of Kataragama and Ganesh are painted on the wall.

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Dambulla cave temples - Cave 2, Maharaja Vihara (Temple of the Great Kings)

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Dambulla Cave 2, Maharaja Vihara (Temple of the Great Kings) the Defeat of Mara: detail of the Buddha in the vitarka mudra (Gesture of Explanation) the thumb and one finger forms a circle representing the wheel of dharma.

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Dambulla cave temples - Cave 2, Maharaja Vihara (Temple of the Great Kings) panels of the Mara Parajaya (Defeat of Mara): panel of the Isipatana, details of the assembly receiving the first Buddha sermon.

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Dambulla cave temples - Cave 2, Maharaja Vihara (Temple of the Great Kings)

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Dambulla cave temples - Cave 3, Maha Alut Viharaya (Great New Temple), paintings of the ceiling show the future Buddha, Maitreya, preaching in a Kandyan-looking pavilion to a group of ascetic disciples.

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Dambulla cave temples - Cave 3, Maha Alut Viharaya (Great New Temple), reclining  Buddha carved out of solid rock.

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Dambulla cave temples - Cave 3, Maha Alut Viharaya (Great New Temple)

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Dambulla cave temples - Cave 3, Maha Alut Viharaya (Great New Temple), The meditating  Buddha statue sits under a makara-torana where the typical makaras are replaced with white lions.

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Dambulla cave temples - Cave 3, Maha Alut Viharaya (Great New Temple)

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