Monaragala Archaeological Ruins in Elahara – ඇළහැර මොණරගල පුරාවිද්‍යා භුමිය

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Monaragala Archaeological Ruins of small building along Amban Ganga in Elahara
Monaragala Archaeological Ruins of small building along Amban Ganga in Elahara
photo source : Ruins in Central Eastern Area of Sri Lanka

In close proximity to the little known Buduruwayaya archeological site  in the Polonnaruwa district lies Maluweyaya archaeological site hidden in the jungle bordered Amban Ganga and Heerati Oya in 3 sides. and the Dambulla – Kalagahawela road from the western side. Amban Ganga takes a almost 90 degree turn south to these ruins where it merge with Kalu Ganga. Monaragala Ruins lies on the western bank, 500 meters north from this curve along the Amban Ganga.

The approach to this site is to pass through the Marwayaya archaeological site from west to east, but since the water depth of the Amban River is shallow, it is possible to approach the site walking along the river bank. The ruins face the river, so it’s easy to find.

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The remains are of a small building of unknown use that was built on the bedrock facing the Amban River. The area of ​​the site is a square with a length and width of 3 m (Fig. 3-1). It is built exactly along the north, south, east and west, and the corners of the building are 15 cm square and 5 cm deep postholes dug in to the rock (Photo 3-1).

A groove has been carved along the building edge which seems to have a drainage function, but since the above posthole is carved over the groove the actual purpose could have been something else. The width of the groove is 15 cm and the depth is 10 cm. It seems that the rainwater collected in the ditch was collected in a square carved rock dent on the north side of the site, and then flowed down into the river through a small crack on the north side. (Photo 3-2)

Perhaps this north side was the entrance to the building, and there are about five steps down to the river on the rock slope on the north side with cracks. Also, on the south side of the building ruins, there are four steps of stairs that go up to the rocky area in the south with a crack, but no remains can be confirmed in the rocky area to the south. (Photo 3-3 / 3-4).

Monaragala Archaeological Ruins of small building along Amban Ganga in Elahara
Monaragala Archaeological Ruins of small building along Amban Ganga in Elahara
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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Travel Directions to Monaragala Archaeological Ruins in Elahara

Route from Dambulla to Monaragala Archaeological Reserve Route from Polonnaruwa to Monaragala Archaeological Reserve
Through : Bakamuna (B615)
Distance :33 km
Travel time : 45 minutes
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Through : Giritale – Bakamuna (B112)
Distance :50 km
Travel time : 1 hour
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