Gal Viharaya Temple
Only few kilometres from Polonnaruwa you can find another remains of Polonnaruwa town - a World Heritage Site: Gal Viharaya., .
One of the most striking of the many stone statues is a 14 metre Buddha statue, carved out of living rock. To one side of this reclining Buddha stands a 7 metre Buddha, in a rare pose with crossed arms. Another smaller statue of Buddha sits in deep meditation, while a fourth figure is set into a cave cut in the rock wall.
Populary known as Gal - Vihara, the site has been identified as the Uttararama built by King Parakramabahu the Great 1153 - 1186 a.d. The Buddha images here are widely known because of their exquisite workmanship.
There had been individual shrine rooms for the images as suggested by subject of much controversy because of the rare posture of its hands. The central cave shrine, which houses a relatively small image, has traces of ancient paintings. The inscriptions on the face of the boulder between the standing image and the cave is the katikavata of King Parakramabahu the Great, which contains the details of the reformation of the Sasana and the code of discipline enforced on the Monks