Burrows Pavilion (Stone Canopy) – බරෝස් මණ්ඩපය (ගල් වියන)

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– Entrance Pavilion of the Bodhighara with the 3rd Samadhi Statue –

This Stone Pavilion (Burrows Pavilion)  is thought to be the entrance to the oldest Bodhighara in the Abayagiri Complex where the Third Samadhi Statue lies. This canopy has been restored by S. M. Burrows, the head of Archeology Department during (1884-1886) and thus the name.

It is said that when Burrows discovered the remains of the pavilion one of the granite colunms which held the top granite bars was missing. He located this column with greatest dificulty but then he came up with a problem of keeping the granite top on the two columns.

The Sinhalese laborers then informed him that they have a way of moving such items even to greater heights and he explained that by filling the gap between the two columns with earth, any object could be rolled up and positioned at the top. All you have to do after that is to remove the earth.

Mr. Burrows took the idea and said to have completed the restoration of this canopy using this method.

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Driving Directions to Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura can be reached through many routes from Colombo. The two main routes are through Puttlam (Puttalama) and though Kurunegala. Traveling from Puttlam you will pass scenic Wilpattu area. the From Kurunegala there are two main routes to Anuradhapura. The most common route is through Dambulla. The other route is though Galgamuwa. Out of all the routes, the commonly used is the Kurunegala – Dambulla route (Route 2).

Route 01 from Colombo to Anuradhapura

Route 02 from Colombo to Anuradhapura

Though : Negombo - Chillaw - Puthlam
distance from colombo :213 km
Travel time : 3 hours
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Through : Ambepussa - Kurunegala - Dambulla
distance from Colombo : 221 km
Travel time : 3.15 hours
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Route 03 from Colombo to Anuradhapura

Route from Kandy to Anuradhapura

Though : Ambepussa - Kurunegala - Padeniya - Thambuthegama
distance from colombo :213 km
Travel time : 3 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Though : Katugastota - Matale - Dambulla
distance from Colombo :139 km
Travel time : 2 hours
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