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Galpotha
Giant inscription which assumes the shape of a palm-leaf manuscript in stone
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Galpotha
Galpotha
This giant inscription which assumes the shape of a palm-leaf manuscript in stone has been a work of King Nissankamalla (1187-1196 A.D.) and it is the largest stone inscription so far discovered. The inscription itself says that this large stone block was transported from Mihintale‚ some hundred kilometers away from Polonnaruwa. It describes the genealogy‚ heroic and altruistic deeds of King Nissankamalla. The letters of the inscription were gilted with molten iron. There may have been a roof over the inscription for its protection. The figure of the woman on the side face of the stone on whom two elephants are sprinkling water has been identified as Goddess Gajalakshmi (Goddess of Prosperity).

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