Mapa Maligawa / Palace of Viceroy of Anuradhapura Kingdom

Mapa Maligawa / Palace of Viceroy of Anuradhapura Kingdom (මාපා මාලිගය)

According to the description provided on the information board of the site, it states that the building exhibits the style of architecture of the Anuradhapura period and according to folklore, this was the palace of the king’s viceroy. As to who built it or its purpose is uncertain. From the design, it could be surmised that the structure has been built for purposes other than a palace. The building has been conserved in 1951.

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Ruins of the Western Monastery 'K" of Ancient Anuradhapura

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

The Western Monastery “N” is located in a shrub jungle about 75 meters off Watawandana Road. Its secluded location makes it unlikely for any pilgrim to discover or explore. To reach the site, travel along the Watawandana Road from the other cluster of Western Monasteries around the intersection of Arippu Road towards Jethavanaramaya.

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Tapovana Monastery (Western Monasteries) in Anuradhapura - අනුරාධපුර තපෝවනය

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

The Western Monastery “M” is located in a shrub jungle about 750 meters off Watawandana Road. Its secluded location makes it unlikely for any pilgrim to discover or explore. To reach the site, travel along the Watawandana Road from the other cluster of Western Monasteries around the intersection of Arippu Road towards Jethavanaramaya.

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Ruins of the Western Monastery 'B' of Ancient Anuradhapura

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

The Western Monastery “E” is located in the shrub jungle along Watawandana Road, close to Arippu Road. Its secluded location makes it unlikely for any pilgrim to discover or explore. To reach the site, turn onto Watawandana Road at Lolugaswewa Junction on Arippu Road, travel 360 meters, and then take the narrow gravel road to the left at the 2km post near a new Buddhist temple.

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Ruins of the Western Monastery 'C' of Ancient Anuradhapura

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

The Western Monastery “D” is located in the shrub jungle along Watawandana Road, close to Arippu Road. Its secluded location makes it unlikely for any pilgrim to discover or explore. To reach the site, turn onto Watawandana Road at Lolugaswewa Junction on Arippu Road, travel 375 meters, and then take the narrow gravel road to the left.

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Ruins of the Image house of the ancient Maha Viharaya

Ruins of the Image House of the Maha Vihara Monastery

The newly uncovered Image House is situated just south of the southeast corner of Lovamahapaya. Adjacent to its southern side, extending from the Sri Maha Bodhi courtyard, lies Dikman Road, established during the English colonial period. The section of the road near the monument, now outside the Sri Maha Bodhi courtyard, serves as the Perahara road, recently constructed utilizing cement block stones.

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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’ of Ancient Anuradhapura (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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Anointing Pavilion : Abhisheka Mandapaya of Abhayagiri Monastery (අභයගිරි ආරාමයේ අභිෂේක මණ්ඩපය)

Anointing Pavilion : Abhisheka Mandapaya of Abhayagiri Monastery (අභයගිරි ආරාමයේ අභිෂේක මණ්ඩපය)

The Anointing Pavilion of Abhayagiriya of Anuradhapura belongs to the type described as snanagraha (bathing house) described in the Bodhicharyavatara. It had been the practice to anoint the Buddha statues with fragrant water as Mahayana rituals. Such festivals are held even today in Sri Lanka.

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Left Balustrade of Panchawasa of Thuparamaya

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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