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Ascension by Majnouna Ascension by Majnouna
An apprentice monk makes his way up the 1840 steps, bordered with frangipane trees, leading to Mihintale, where the story of Sri Lankan Buddhism began.
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:iconaliasjjj:
aliasjjj Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Great to see this kind of photos.. !
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
:)
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:iconnestharon:
Nestharon Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011   Writer
Watching this picture, it reminds me of one of my wishes.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Nice :)
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:icondharmavan:
dharmavan Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
beautiful, emotional and humble. perfect picture by all standards.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow, you're very kind :)
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AuchanVriconella Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
its like he leading the way of heaven (nirvana) and we,as human in the side of stair,,but monk already walking the way to nirvana,,such deepful meaning photo...:)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
That's a nice interpretation :)
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:icontinkerbinker1:
tinkerbinker1 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
This is an amazing shot.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconzoeforever:
zoeforever Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
OMG LOVE
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
:heart:
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:iconboitatou:
boitatou Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
waw, i want to see this stairway....
very nice picture and composition.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
It's quite a sight :) Thanks!
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:icontamaya-chan:
Tamaya-chan Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
Beautiful! :)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconsierras:
Sierras Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008  Professional Artist
What a gorgeous shot. It looks like a long walk. ;)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
Yeah, it is :)
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:iconkinme90:
kinme90 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008
Everything going on in this picture + light + setting = AMAZING!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :love:
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:iconkinme90:
kinme90 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2008
Of course! Your tutorials are amaaaazing as well!
What's going on on the left side of the steps?
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
Some people selling fruits :)
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:iconkinme90:
kinme90 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
Oh, neat! That's pretty cool OwO I'd go up and buy some if I was there. Anway, it's a lovely setting and picture.
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:iconneondiod:
Neondiod Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is such a beautiful shot!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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cedrus Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008
This is film, right?

I can never put my finger on why digital hasn't come close to the beautiful subtleties of film. (unless of course this is digital and it would be embarrassing :))

Such a beautiful shot!
One last question: Are these white flowers on the steps? I love how they're sprinkled here and there.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
It's film, absolutely :nod: I agree digital can't touch it: I believe it's in the way light affects grain, especially low light. Pixels are just a square grid no matter what :/
And yes they're flowers! randomly fallen from the trees :)
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IndianaBlue Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
Wonderful shot!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you :hug:
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AWanderer01 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
the little dot of orange monk really makes this picture
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:icondermot:
Dermot Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
I like staircases like these. ^^
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
Me too :)
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godwantsudead Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007
here is some interesting tips about this place

This is the call that awakened Lanka to lead the path of virtue 260 years before the birth of Christ.

just imagine how lucky ur u had a chance to step on the stairs built 2267 years ago :wow:

here is the full story

This is the call that gave Mihintale its name. This is the call that awakened Lanka to lead the path of virtue 260 years before the birth of Christ. This is the call that sends millions of pilgrims from all over the island by bus and rail (anew railway station was built about a decade ago) to Mihintale Rock. During the reign of King Devanampiyati.wa — 250 BC, Emperor Asoka of India sent a delegation of monks led by Arahat Mahinda to expound the Dhamma to the people of Lanka. Of course, Emperor Asoka must have informed his friend Devanampiyatissa
of the visit. What Devanamplyatissa did not expect was the manner in which the meeting took place, Ambatat Rock was a grove of Mango trees spreading over many hillocks and was the royal hunting ground, The King indulged in the sport, when a voice calling him 'Tissa' coming from above made him stop. There silhou-
etted against the clear morning sky on the top most boulder of the rock stood a group of yellow robed monks who introduced them selves to the King as the disciples of the Dhamma Raja (Buddha). The Dhamma which Arahut Mahinda brought to Lanka was complex and unique. 'Ignorance makes people crave for sensual pleasure.' These pleasures are impermanent and their impermanence brings sorrow. To release oneself from sorrow, one musC in his inner consciousness realize this truth. That will release him from craving and sorrow. To an agricultural community the idea of im permanence went down well. The wide-open spaces of fields and meadows and the leisure time between the cultivation seasons enabled him to meditate, Thus Buddhism became the religion of Lanka.

Devanampiyatissa gifted the Mihimale Rock and all its precincts to Arahat Mahinda. Ancient chronicles tell us that there were 68 caves at Mihintale used by Arahat Mahinda and his disciples as abodes during the rainy scason. As time passed there were many more cells cut in the rock. Fa-Hsiun the 5th Century Chinese traveler says that there were 2000 monks in the stone cells. The existing ruins of buildings and terraces enable us to visualize Mihintale as a large forest monastery' with stupas, terraces and ponds mingling with forest trees.

A flight of stone steps comprising 800 or more steps link vast open areas or common buildings. The steps lead to the Kantaket Chetiya, Naga Pokuna and indika Seya. It leads also toMihindu Lena where it is believed that Arahat Mahinda spent his time in contemplation. Pil grims also make the arduous climb to Aradanagala the palace where Arahat Mahinda first appeared and was invited, (aretiiana) to preach the Dhamma.

At the foot of Mihintale hill to the Southwest, is the Kaludiya Monastic complex. Kaludiya Pokuna is situated in a valley between two hillocks Eth Wehera and Anikutti. The complex is about 2000 square meters. The pond is the most elightful feature in the landscape. It is a natural pool with added stone walls and boulders. In the middle of the pond is an island pavilion throwing its majestic reflection on the water. A narrow flight of stone steps winding in and out among the boulders directs the visitor onto a terrace enclosed by stone walls and gateways, Beyond the gatehouse are residential buildings. Then more steps and more terraces leading to the uppermost terrace where the sacred building and the stupa were found. Situated at different levels they would have thrown a beautiful reflection on the water of the pond. Rain water was brought from these terraces down to the ponds through spouts and gargoyles.

Rafagifilena is situated opposite the entrance to the Kaludiya Monastery complex. The lay out here is different. The sacred buildings occupy the ground level and the hillocks above were converted into caves. The entire complex was built up of caves some cut into rock boulders complete with drip ledges and others natural caves, Both monastic complexes are now in ruin. But these ruins speak of highly developed and well-organiffi zed monastic tradition. Sewage systerns, medical facilities as exemplified by Beheth oru or medicinal baths, systematic collection of rainwater, into pools for bathing and perhaps preparation of food provide evidence of this fact.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007  Professional General Artist
Very interesting!
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godwantsudead Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
i want to see more articles :glomp:
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godwantsudead Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007
How come u came to my country and i didn't even know so bad u didn't even told me, any way this is one of remarkable places on my country its call stairs of "Mihinthale" where the Buddhism began
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007  Professional General Artist
That's what happens when you don't read my journals =P Anyway I know what Mihintale is, I was just there!
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godwantsudead Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
he he i feel so sad any way i desided to read ur journals all the time, he he look like u have good knowledge and than me about my country :hug:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
What a beautiful photograph! With all those frangipani trees, it reminds me of Bizet's "The Pearl-Fishers." Have you ever listened to it?
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007  Professional General Artist
I don't think so, at least not knowingly :) I only know his Carmen.
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redchinese Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007  Student General Artist
waht a lovely place this must be :)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007  Professional General Artist
It is :)
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mangameow Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really great! I love the way the trees look so bright, like they're made of pearls or something. You're so lucky you get to travel around the world!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007  Professional General Artist
That's a nice image :) Thanks!
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:iconsalamislim:
SalamiSlim Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
That'd be a great cardio-vascular work out.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007  Professional General Artist
Hee, yeah! And the last flights of stairs, you have to be barefoot!
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:iconamilee:
Amilee Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007
This is breathtakingly beautiful! what I wouldn't give to climb those great steps...
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007  Professional General Artist
It's quite a unique place :nod:
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:iconamilee:
Amilee Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007
It's breathtaking!
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superclone Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007
thats amazingg
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