Sigiriya Rock Paintings or Frescoes of Sigiri Damsels locally called as ‘ Sigiri Apsaras’ painted on a Western Rock face cavity about 100 meters high from the rock base .There now remains around 21 paintings of Sigiriya Damsels but there had been around five hundred paintings during King Kassapa’s’ time along several other places of the same Western Rock face.
My tour guide said the King had 500 mistresses. Perhaps this is the basis of that conjecture. 500 paintings for his 500 ladies.
Travel Tales of a Yogini, Sri Lanka Edition.