Gedige Ruins at Ancient Anuradhapura – අනුරාධපුර ගෙඩිගේ නටබුන්

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Gedige in Anuradhapura

Gedige in Anuradhapura
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To the north east of royal palace of of king Vijayabahu I, lies a set of ruins which are rarely visited by pilgrims. These ruins are accessible through a by-road on the Watawandana Road or Sangamitta Road.

The ruins lying in this area are the   Maha Pali Alms Hall (one of the refectories of Abayagiriya Monastery), A ruin identified as the Dalada Ge (House of the Tooth Relic), Gedige, an image house with a semi domical roof) and another image house almost identical to Gedige, simply known as Building “A”. All these 4 buildings lie 50 meters of each other.

The building known as Gedige is a brick structure more or less close to the image house known as building ‘A’. Gedige is considered to have been a sanctuary for those of Mahayana cult who preached Tantric leanings.

Although the history of this structure is not known, the building has been built entirely from bricks and in fact the above two image houses are also the only known image houses built entirely of brick masonry in Anuradhapura. Only the door and window frame has been built with granite.

There is material evidence of the vaulted roof of both buildings and proofs of staircases which led to the upper floors. Both shrines have square outer shrine and projecting bays on each sides and a regular square as the inner sanctum.

Leaving the vestibule out, the images houses are almost identical in size, building ‘A’ is 36×36 feet and Gedige is 34×34 feet. There is also some belief that one or both of these buildings may have been Tooth Relic temples and the building now known as the Temple of Tooth Relic might be part of a palace complex.

Primary source of information : Sinhalese Monastic Architecture: The Viháras of Anurádhapura
By S. D. Bandaranayake

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Map of Gedige Ruins

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Driving Directions to Anuradhapura (Gedige Ruins )

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
Driving directions : see on google map
Through : Ambepussa - Kurunegala - Dambulla
distance from Colombo : 221 km
Travel time : 3.15 hours
Driving Directions : see on google maps

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
Driving directions : see on google map

Route from Anuradhapura Railway Station to Gedige Ruins

Distance : 2.7  kilometers
Travel time : 10 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map

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