Daladage Ruins at Ancient Anuradhapura – අනුරාධපුර දළදාගේ නටබුන්

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Temple of Tooth in Anuradhapura
Temple of Tooth 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 ruins of the building known as Daladage is believed to be the Temple of Tooth built after the defeat of Colas by king Mahinda IV (956-972 AC) who was the last great builder in the Anuradhapura era.

The identification of the Tooth Relic Temple or Daladage in Anuradhapura was subject to much debate. Today, a building close to the Mahapali Alms Hall has been identified as the Daladage. An inscription found near a circular pond has aided in the identification of the site. Scholars identified the inscription to belong to the reign of King Mahinda IV.

But the interpretation of the slab inscription which identified the Daladage built by King Mahinda IV has been questioned and if this building is the Daladage or if this is the entrance to the palace of Mahinda IV and whether the tooth relic has been worshipped at the nearby Gedige or the other shrine room close by is being raised.

The remains of the Temple of Tooth Relic or the Daladage stand within a quadrangular enclosure, 200×214 feet. The monument inside consists a large edifice with wide bays on 3 of the 4 sides and 2 smaller subsidiary buildings on north-west and north-east out of which the one has almost disappeared. The main entrance to the quadrangular enclosure lies on the center of its northern side and the inscription which finally pinpointed the location of this Daladage as described in the ancient texts stands near this its entrance.

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

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Map of Daladage Ruins

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Driving Directions to Anuradhapura (Daladage 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
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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
Driving directions : see on google map

Route from Anuradhapura Railway Station to Daladage Ruins

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

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