Swastika Pokuna in Ancient city of Polonnaruwa – ස්වස්තික පොකුණ – පොලොන්නරුව පුරාණ අගනගරය

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Swastika Pokuna or the Swastika Pond at Polonnaruwa lies away from the regular pilgrim path and is rarely visited by any pilgrim. This pond is believed to be built by King Parakramabahu ( 1153-1186) and had been a part of the nearby ancient hospital complex which was built by the king Parakramabahu for the use of sick bikkus.

This pond is considered one of the most beautiful ancient ponds in the country. It was declared an archaeological monument and conserved by the Central Cultural Fund recently.

Swastika Pokuna or the Swastika Pond been restored some time ago by the Central Cultural Fund. But in 2013 July  the center of this pond had been dug by treasure hunters and a 2½ feet x 2½ feet hole dug to about about 3 feet deep had been discovered. The side walls and millennia old plaster layers.

The still neglected Swastika Pokuna lies in a forested area  south of Rankot Viharaya and close to the Polonnaruwa Archaeological Office / Cuircuit Bungalow.

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Driving Directions to Polonnaruwa Sacred City

Route from Colombo to Polonnaruwa Sacred City

Route from Kandy to Polonnaruwa Sacred City

Though : Ambepussa - Kurunegala - Dambulla
Distance from Colombo :220 km
Travel time : 4.5 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Through : Matale - Dambulla - Habarana
Distance from Colombo : 145 km
Travel time : 3.0 hours
Driving Directions : see on google maps

Route from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa Sacred City

Route from Batticaloa to Polonnaruwa Sacred City

Though : Maradankadawala - Habarana Distance from colombo : 105 km
Travel time : 2 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Though : Chenkaladi - Valachchena
Distance from colombo :100 km
Travel time : 1.5 hours
Driving directions : see on google map

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