Sigiriya Rock Fotress

Sigiriya (Lion's rock), World Heritage Site is a huge boulder and antique rock citadel ruin in the middle of Matale District, encircled by the remainder of an all-embracing complex of gardens, reservoirs, and other constructions. A vastly admired tourist attraction, Sigiriya is also celebrated for its frescos which are inkling of the Ajanta Caves of India. Sigiriya may have been colonized through antiquated era. It was used as a monastery from about the 5th century BCE, by the Buddhist Sangha. The chronicles Mahavamsa indicates that the total compound was constructed by King Kashyapa (AD 477 – 495).The Sigiri scribbling were decoded by the renowned archaeologist Senarath Paranavithana in his masterwork, published by Cambridge, Sigiri Graffiti and also Story of Sigiriya.


In 477 CE, prince Kashyapa snatched the throne from King Dhatusena; he was assisted by, Megara the army commander. Kashyapa apparently birthed by a non-royal consort, grabbed the crown from the supposed heir, Moggallana, who escaped to Kerala in South India. Expecting retaliation from Moggallana, Kashyapa relocated the capital and his abode from the established capital of Anuradhapura to the more elaborate Sigiriya. Sigiriya was expanded into a multifaceted city and citadel. Most of the intricate creations on the rock apex and in the region of it, including self-protective arrangements, palaces, and gardens, predate to this age.

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