(From http://www.srilankatravelguide.org) The temple is situated at Diggala in the district of Kandy, about 15 km from Kandy town. The temple is inspired by Dravidian architecture and gives a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside. The whole temple complex of Gadaladeniya is perched on a small rocky outcrop. According to writings the temple was built by the King Buwanekabahu IV in the year 1344; Gampola era. The main shrine room has seated Buddha Statue under a Makara Thorana with four standing Buddha images. The makara thorana is decorated with gods such as Brahma, Suyama, Santhusuta, Natha and Maithree, and two followers.The image house is made of stone blocks. A god house of Vishnu is integrated on one side of the entrance. Near to the Visnu Devale there is a Stupa, believed to have been made by the King Parakramabahu V. This stupa has a roof built over it. Four smaller outpost stupas are built on shrines around the main stupa. This structure is called the Vijayantha Prasada named after the mythical palace of god Indra.
Asia is the biggest continent on Earth, a darling little gem floating around in space.Hm, what is Asia? Who's in on it?China and India are safe bets for Asian nations. Korea, Japan, Thailand, you're fine.Europe? No. Europe would sort of be on the "Asian continent" if not for those pesky Ural mountains dividing things up in the middle, and then also the whole lineage of kings and wealth and nations and the EU and all that "give me my respect" stuff.Russia would probably be happiest as its own continent, so for now we'll leave it in "Eurasia" and just hope the natural gas supplies keep flowing.Pakistan and Afghanistan are dang close to Asia, but politically they show up in "Middle East" news stories an awful lot. Verdict: Eurasia.I guess we'll actually have to consider everything from Turkey on eastward to be "Eurasian", although the moniker seems overlappitory of the territory.The Asian economy is now officially raging like a wild furnace of lava that consumes everything in its path. Japan has had the largest individual economy in Asia for decades, but it is forecast that both India and China will outstrip Japan within twenty years.China is the largest holder of United States debt and is positioned to become the world's next superpower, provided that Godzilla doesn't return and decide to stomp everybody back into the Shang Dynasty.Text by Steve Smith.