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Dambulla Rock Temple EarthCache

Hidden : 04/08/2009
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Geocache Description:

Dambulu - gala (the Rock of Dambulla) is a vast isolated rock outcrop which towers about 600ft above the plain. It stands bare and black exposed to the scorching sun, very little of it shelterde by woodland. In this rock is a complex of caves.......

The Dambulla rock is the part of Precambrian rocks, which are a part of the very ancient, stable part of earth´s crust and is one of the Wanni complex rock´s. The Wanni Complex consists of scattered relics of a metasedimentary series in a suite of coplexly folded, hornblende-bearing gneisses and migmatic rocks. These werw intruded by a late, microcline-bearing, pink, potassium rich granite, teh Tonigala granite, together with the surrounding pink, granitic migmatites, which are youger than 1100m.y. in age. In Dambulla Rock complex of caves you can find X main caves - historic temple of Dambulla. This temple is one of the oldest Buddhist shrines in Sri Lanka. It is referred to as Jambukola Vihara in the Mahavamsa, wich is the principal chronicle of Sri Lanka history. The caves which the temple occupies are at a height of about 350 ft. above the plain, on the western side of the Rock. Which of these caves are natural and which are man - made is difficult to determine, but it is most likely that some were small natural grottos which were excavated ad enlarged. Tradition has in that in the first century B.C., King Vattagamini Abhaya had some of the caves excavated. ..

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