Sigiriya or the Lion’s Rock is a prehistoric rock fortress and the relics of a castle which is located in the Matale District in Sri Lanka. The location is a popular tourist destination and is also popular for its ancient paintings (frescoes) which are quite similar to the paintings in Ajantha Caves in India..
The Sigiriya damsels float effortlessly among the clouds in a small sheltered depression a hundred meters above ground. Their rich clothing of glowing transparency barely covers their bodies, but still they radiate a beauty that up to date cannot be matched. The Sigiriya frescoes are referred to in many ways. Some say they are spiritual fairies, who carry flowers to be placed before the Gods. Others imply they are queens and concubines. There is no record of the name of the artist neither the names of these beautiful ladies are available at present. But they still radiate and are cent
The frescoes of Sigiriya were painted on the western plane of the Sigiriya Rock, located in the Matale District of Sri Lanka’s Central Province and is of attraction to many who visit this beautify fortress, literally under the sky.
The Sigiriya Rock Fortress was finished about 1600 years ago and the frescoes played an integral part of the overall wonderment of beauty and were a section of a huge “drapery” that encircled the entire rock. However, only a few of these are now visible. The women depicted in this beautiful tapestry of art are said to be a part of King Kasayapa’s harem. It is said that the reason they were portrayed in this form, was because the King had insisted that they ladies were to be admired and not touched.
The beauty of this historical place still shines in all its glory, even though some of the frescoes have been vandalized.