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Polonnaruwa Vatadage



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The Polonnaruwa Vatadage is an ancient structure dating back to the Polonnaruwa Period of Sri Lanka. It is believed to have been built during the reign of ParakramaBbahu 1 to hold the tooth relic of the Buddha, or during the reign of Nissanka Malla to hold the alms bowl used by the Buddha.

Both these venerated relics would have given the structure a great significance and importance at the time. Located within the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, it is the best preserved example of a Vatadage in the country, and has been described as the "ultimate development" of this type of architecture. Abandoned for several centuries, excavation work at the Polonnaruwa Vatadage began in 1903.

Some of the most striking features of the structure are its elaborate stone carvings. The Sadakada Pahana (moonstone) at the northern entrance and the two Muragals (guard stone) at the eastern entrance are considered to be the best examples of such architectural features belonging to the Polonnaruwa period.

These decorative elements were commonly placed at entrances to monastic buildings of ancient Sri Lanka, and historians believe that sandakada pahanas depict the cycle of Samsara in Buddhism. According to Bell, the carvings on the sides of the upper platform are "unrivalled, whether at Anuradhapura or Polonnaruwa, and probably in any other Buddhist shrine of Ceylon".

Nearby tourists attractions Places :

SathMahal Prasadaya Hetadage Pabalu Stupa Shiwa Temple

More Information

Ancient City of Polonnaruwa - UNESCO World Heritage List


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