Sin: කුරුණෑගල kuruṇǣgala – Tam: குருணாகல் kuruṇākal

‘Small Elephant Rock’  NWP,  Sri Lanka

From Sin: kuru, ‘small, short’;  na, ‘elephant’; and  gala, ‘rock, rocky’.

Kurunegala is surrounded by eight large rocks each of which is given the name of the animal it resembles.

The largest is ‘elephant’ rock, also called A(e)thagala [Sin: aetha, ‘elephant’] and formerly known as Hastishaila-pura [Skt: hasti, ‘elephant; Skt: shaila, ‘rock, crag’; and Skt: pura, ‘fort, city, town’].

Elephant Rock has a 27m Buddha sitting on top.

For related place names see Sri Lanka Place names.


Elephant Rock/Athagala Buddha (Kurunegala)

Elephant Rock/Athagala Buddha (Kurunegala)            Kurun