Kumara Ella Keththaramaya Archaeological Ruins in Elahara (ඇළහැර කුමාර ඇල්ල ඛෙත්තාරාමය පුරාවිද්‍යා භුමිය)

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Kumara Ella Keththaramaya Archaeological Ruins in Elahara - ඇළහැර  කුමාර ඇල්ල ඛෙත්තාරාමය පුරාවිද්‍යා භුමිය
Kumara Ella Keththaramaya Archaeological Ruins in Elahara – ඇළහැර කුමාර ඇල්ල ඛෙත්තාරාමය පුරාවිද්‍යා භුමිය
photo source : Ruins in Central Eastern Area of Sri Lanka

In close proximity to the Buduruwayaya archaeological site and the Kumara Ella Archaeological site in the Polonnaruwa district lies a small arama temple named Keththaramaya where few monks live. The site lies 400 meters before the new bridge over Amban Ganga.

Unexplored ruins of an ancient temple are found on the land where the new Keththaramaya is built. Many stone pillars lie around the structures of the ancient temple. The remains of the partially excavated and redeveloped building are not clear on the north and west sides but have an area of ​​approximately 18m x 14m, and the outer wall is made of elongated stone with a width of 20cm and a length of 180-200cm. The inside of the outer stone is filled with an embankment, which is one step higher than the surrounding area, and a stone pillar with a height of about 2 m stands in the centre. Furthermore, from the fact that three similar stone pillars stood sparsely on the south side at narrow intervals, it is presumed that more stone pillars stood at narrow intervals and it can be inferred that the shape is a trace of Uposathaghara. (Photo 4-1, 4-2 / ​​Fig. 4-1) In addition, although there is a place that seems to be the entrance to the center of the west side any standard ruins of moonstones, guardstones, etc are not found.

In addition, on the east and northwest sides of the site of this building, stone pillars with a height of about 40 cm to 60 cm were scattered, and it was confirmed that there was a building although the outer shape of the foundation was unknown. (Photo 4-3) Furthermore, burnt roof tiles from the Anuradhapura era have been found in various parts of the site (Photo 4-4), and new temples have also been built on some building ruins.

Kumara Ella Keththaramaya Archaeological Ruins in Elahara - ඇළහැර  කුමාර ඇල්ල ඛෙත්තාරාමය පුරාවිද්‍යා භුමිය
Kumara Ella Keththaramaya Archaeological Ruins in Elahara – ඇළහැර කුමාර ඇල්ල ඛෙත්තාරාමය පුරාවිද්‍යා භුමිය
photo source : Ruins in Central Eastern Area of Sri Lanka

References

  • Okamura, T., 2015. RUINS IN CENTRAL EASTERN AREA OF SRI LANKA — at the jungle of Amban Ganga Basin and the outskirts —. Tokyo: South Asian Ruins Exploration and Research Society (SARERS).

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