Aukana is the site of an impressive 43-ft/13-m statue of Lord Buddha, which dates from the 5th century AD. Aukana is generally seen in conjunction with Anuradhapura . Seven mi/11 km west is a slightly smaller statue of Buddha, chiseled at the same time as the statute at Aukana, but not as delicately crafted.
This Buddha statue was carved during the reign of king Datusena in the 5th century. Height of this Buddha statue is more than 40 feet (12 m) and resting on beautiful lotus stone pedestal. This amazing Buddha statue carved according to the asisa mudra and this statue has built in a mathematical way. That is, when rainy days you can see drops of water that falling from the point of nose straightly down to the center of between lord Buddha’s feet. It demonstrates erect of this statue. This statue carved out of the single rock.
The statue had been located within a large image house or shrine, of which parts of the walls still remain. The structure was made of brick and stone, and was 74 feet (23 m) long and 63 feet (19 m) wide.
This aukana statue face to splendorous Kala wewa (tank) reservoir. There have various caves around the statue.
Aukana buddha statue situated aukana village, kekirawa in Anuradhapura district. You can easily reach to this destination from dambulla bus station. Every morning a bus leaves to aukana from bus station and several buses go to aukana from kekirawa which is on the kandy – Anuradhapura road.
Evening is the best time to visit aukana. You can also visit to Kala wewa reservoir, Sun goes down, bird’s flocks fly away over the tank, it gives you to amazing view.