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Title
Gopala Pabbata (Herdman's Rock): signage for rock inscription
Creator
de Silva, Preethi
Date Created and/or Issued
2016
Publication Information
Claremont Colleges Library
Contributing Institution
Claremont Colleges Library
Collection
Ancient Cultural Sites and Royal Residences
Rights Information
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License - http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Description
The text refers to a donation to the Chula gala Viharaya by Chula Alaha son of Ayatiya Buta mentioned in the inscription in later Brahmi script--the first such occurrence in this area; the language is Sinhala. This rock outcrop of caves, located at the southern boundary of the Ālāhana Parivena, would have served as homes of monks who chose to live in forest areas. A later inscription below the drip-ledge of a cave identifies the user of that cave as a person named Madalaya. The reference to a herdsman is based on the belief that shepherds used the grassy area as a pasture for their herd.
Type
image
Format
image/jp2
Identifier
acs01475.jpg
http://ccdl.claremont.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15831coll15/id/1578
Subject
Signs and signboards
Time Period
1st-2nd century CE and 4th-5th century CE
Place
Gopāla Pabbata (Herdman's Rock)
Polonnaruva
Sri Lanka
Relation
Ancient Buddhist Sites and Royal Residences in Sri Lanka - https://ccdl.claremont.edu/digital/collection/p15831coll15

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