MAST’s MSO Visit to Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

At MAST we are very fortunate to work with people from around the world and from different backgrounds and cultures. This week a team of our MSOs (Maritime Security Officers) visited the site of Sigiriya in Sri Lanka to view its beautiful surroundings, to pray and to meditate.

Sigiriya or Sinhagiri is an ancient rock fortress located in the town of Dambulla, Sri Lanka. A historical and archaeological site dominated by a column of rock nearly 200 metres high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle, the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kashyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure, Sīnhāgiri, the Lion Rock.

Pictured here are MSOs Dhan Bahadur Gurung, Ganja Bahadur Gurung, Adman Singh Basnet, Dan Bahadur Khatri, Rajendra Shrestha, Bikash Rimal and Durga Baniya. All of which we thank for their continued commitment to MAST.



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