Ruins of Pankuliya Asokaramaya Temple

Asokaramaya : Pankuliya Buddha Statue (අසෝකාරාමය : පන්කුලිය සමාධි බුද්ධ ප්‍රතිමාව)

Asokaramaya is located in a beautiful surrounding in the village of Pankuliya. This is a fairly unknown site to the average pilgrim but has one of the best carved Buddha statues in the country today. This statute equals the quality of the famous Samadhi Statue and the Tholuvila statue (which is now kept in the Colombo museum).

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Tapovana Monastery (Western Monasteries) in Anuradhapura - අනුරාධපුර තපෝවනය

Western Monastery “H” in Anuradhapura Tapovana (අනුරාධපුර බටහිර ආරාමය H)

The main component of the hermitages of these monks were the padhanagaras or the meditation houses, which were beautifully built of well-proportioned and meticulously- dressed plain stone. The distinguishing feature of these monuments is that they are made up of two sections- a residential pasada or kuti at the back and an open platform or malaka in front- joined together by a relatively narrow passage or stone bridge. Its foundations were built in such a manner that a moat surrounded the platforms.

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Ruins of the Western Monastery 'C' of Ancient Anuradhapura

Western Monastery ‘C’ of Ancient Anuradhapura (අනුරාධපුර බටහිර ආරාමය C)

The concealed Western Monastery “C” lies nestled amidst contemporary residences and overgrown shrub jungles in Anuradhapura off Arippu Road. Its secluded location makes it unlikely for any pilgrim to discover or explore. While some restoration efforts have been made in the past to revive parts of the main Padhanaghara complex, a significant portion of the area is currently dominated by shrub jungle, having fallen into disuse.

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Ruins of the Western Monastery 'B' of Ancient Anuradhapura

Western Monastery ‘B’ of Ancient Anuradhapura (අනුරාධපුර බටහිර ආරාමය B)

The concealed Western Monastery B lies nestled amidst contemporary residences and overgrown shrub jungles in Anuradhapura. Its secluded location makes it unlikely for any pilgrim to discover or explore. While some restoration efforts have been made in the past to revive parts of the main Padhanaghara complex, a significant portion of the area is currently dominated by shrub jungle, having fallen into disuse.

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Ruins of the Western Monastery 'A' of Ancient Anuradhapura

Western Monastery ‘A’ of Ancient Anuradhapura (අනුරාධපුර බටහිර ආරාමය A)

A special type of vihara complexes are found western and northwestern suburbs of the city of ancient Anuradhapura. They are variously referred to as ‘Outer Circular Road Palaces‘, ‘Western Ruins‘ or ‘Western Monasteries‘, ‘Double-platform buildings‘, ‘Tapovana Monasteries‘, ‘Padhanagara Monasteries‘ etc., The distinctive feature of these buildings are that their central structure is made up of…

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The side bas-relief in the left (southern) side balustrade (Korawakgala)

Unique Balustrade Carvings of Thuparama Panchayatana (ථූපාරාම පංචායතන සුවිශේෂී කොරවක්ගල්)

An exquisitely carved unique pair of Balustrades (Korawakgal) in front of a building belonging to Thuparama Monastery not found anywhere in the Country. Unlike any other, side bas-reliefs are with a forest scene with thatched houses in between sylvan groves which all make separate divisions of the entire panel.

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Buddhist Railing Site of Jethawanarama Monastery of Anuradhapura Kingdom

Buddhist Railing Site of Jethawanarama Monastery of Anuradhapura Kingdom (ජේතවන විහාරයේ ගල් ගරාදි වැට සහිත ස්ථානය)

Just 120 meters south of the Salapathala Maluwa of Jethawnaramaya, lies a structure known as Buddhist Railing which has been discussed and analysed by great many travellers and authors since the British discovered it in the 1800’s. This is a site enclosed by a large railing made completely of stone slabs and pillars.

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