Pothgul Vehera Statue
Statue of King Parakramabahu ?
This beautifully carved statue stands 11½ feet (3.5 metres) in height and carved in to a semi-circular rock. Popular belief is that this is the statue of king Parakramabahu (1153-1186). Another belief is that this is a statue of an Indian high priest (probably “Kapila” of “Pulasthi”). The long beard and the moustache, the hair, the clothing, and the body with a slightly large stomach are not what you would expect from a statue of a great king.
Irrespective of who this represent, this is a quite beautiful and unique statue showing the highest level of craftsmanship of the rock carving engineers of that time.
This statue can be reached by travelling about 1 ½ kilometres along
the Parakrama Samudraya dam. There is a small unidentified and destroyed Chethya closer to
this statue. It is believed
by some that this is the burial ground of king Parakramabahu and this stupa
holds the remains of the king.
The mystery figure of Polonnaruwa - Daily Mirror, October 18, 2004
February 11, 2007