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It is the tallest (13 meters high) Buddha statue in Sri Lanka and carved out of the rock in relief, and facing the east. It stands on what appears to be a double lotus pedestal. The head and top part of torso are finished in greater detail than the lower part. The right hand is raised in the abhaya mudrā (gesture of fearlessness). The robe is painted in yellow and red over mortar, still visible on the right side of the viewer. See also Aukana, Maligawila, and Sāssēruva (Räs Vehera) standing Buddha figures. A hole in the shape of a flame of a lamp has been drilled near the right foot of this statue. An oil with the aroma of mustard oil percolated through this hole.