Ransimalakaya at Anuradhapura – අනුරාධපුර රන්සිමාලකය නටබුන්

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Ransimalakaya at Anuradhapura
Ransimalakaya at Anuradhapura

On sides of the path between Ruwanweli Seya and the Sri Maha Bodhi lies large number of ruins fully or partially excavated. The only ruin which generally catches the interest of the pilgrim is the 1600 granite pillars of Lovamahapaya. In front of this building on the opposite side of the road is sign board identifying the ruins as Ransimalakaya.

The ruins have been partially excavated in 1895-6 by the Royal Asiatic Society. The current state of the building indicates that this has been an open building with no walls and the roof has been supported by 8 rows of 10 granite pillars. Only few of these pillars remain today. There are entrances from all 4 sides to enter this building.

According the brief description on the board by the Department of Archaeology, this building has been used as the meeting hall of the bikkhus of the Maha Viharaya. The body of the Maha Mahinda Thero has been kept here before cremation.

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Driving Directions to Ransimalakaya at Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura can be reached through many routes from Colombo. The two main routes are through Puttlam (Puttalama) and though Kurunegala. Traveling from Puttalam 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

T0 reach this ruin you need to enter the area through Sri Maha Bodhi or Ruwanweli Seya

Route from Anuradhapura Railway Station to Ransimalakaya at Anuradhapura

Distance : 1,5  kilometers
Travel time : 5 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map

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