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Dedigama’s Elephant Lamp – An Ingenious Creation

Dedigama is world famous for its elephant lamp. Two of these lamps similar in design were found buried in the relic chamber of the Sutighara Cetiya of Dedigama. This unique archaeological exhibit, gives an insight into the advanced state of

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Eastern Entrance to the Inner City of Polonnaruwa Kingdom – ඇතුල් නගර නැගෙනහිර දොරටුව – පොලොන්නරුව

Eastern Entrance to the Inner City of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa

Passing the Vishnu Kovil 2, on the main root you come to the Eastern Entrance to the inner city of the Polonnaruwa Kingdom. The inner city has been protected by a massive wall where the soldiers patrolled on the top, and a moat.

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Vishnu Kovil (no. 2) of Polonnaruwa Kingdom – විෂ්නු දේවාලය (අංක 2)

Vishnu Kovil (no. 2) of Polonnaruwa Kingdom

This Vishnu Kovil is situated on the right side of the inner city entrance of the Ancient Capital of Polonnaruwa. This kovil has been completely built with granite blocks but only the bottom portion of the building survives today.

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Shiva Kovil (no. 2) of Polonnauwa Kingdom – ශිව දේවාලය (අංක 2)

Shiva Kovil (no. 2) of Polonnaruwa Kingdom

This Shiva Kovil is considered to be one of the oldest buildings of the Polonnaruwa Kingdom to survive the ravages of time. This Shiva kovil is thought to be built by Tamil invaders (10th century) who initially establish their capital in Polonnaruwa.

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Pabalu Vehera at Polonnaruwa – පබලු වෙහෙර

Pabalu Vehera

The origin of this unusually shaped Pabalu Vehera stupa is unknown but it is believed to been built by one of the king Parakramabahu’s ( 1153-1186 AD) consorts, queen Rupawathi.

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Oth Pilimaya at Dalada Maluwa in Polonnaruwa – ඔත් පිළිමය

Oth Pilimaya at Dalada Maluwa

Oth Pilimaya at the ancient city of Polonnaruwa is a ancient statue house lying in the Dalada Maluwa. The Buddha Statue is in a resting position on a pedestal and is made completely of bricks.

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Nissanka Latha Mandapaya of the Polonnaruwa Ancient Kingdom – නිස්සංක ලතා මණ්ඩපය

Nissanka Latha Mandapaya

Nissanka Latha Mandapaya is a square buiding with fine rock cut railing g going all around lying the Dalada Maluwa area of the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa. This building has been built by king Nissanka Malla (1187-1196).

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Statue of Bodhisattva at Dalada Maluwa of Polonnaruwa – බෝධිසත්ව පිලිමය

Statue of Boddhisathwa

This statue lies in the center of the Dalada Maluwa at a slightly elevated ground. The arms of the statue are missing. It is unclear whether this is a statue of King Nissanga Malla (1187-1196) or a Statue of bodhisattva

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Polonnaruwa Vatadage (The Stupa House) – වටදාගෙය

Polonnaruwa Vatadage

This beautiful Vatadage or Stupa House has been built before the time of Nissanga Malla (1187-1196) but he has carried out major renovations on this building. So what you see today is probably his work.

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Dalada Maluwa at Kingdom of Polonnaruwa – දළදා මලුව

Block of stone at the entrance to the Dalada Maluwa

Dalada Maluwa is an elevated area in the Polonnaruwa Sacred City which many Buddhist buildings are situated. The Entrance to the Dalada Maluwa is through stone steps. Left to these steps is a stone slab with 3 carved figures, A man pointing towards the Dalada Maluwa, a crow and a dog.

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Kumara Pokuna in Ancient city of Polonnaruwa – කුමාර පොකුණ

Kumara Pokuna

Lying inside the inner city with the Palace Complex, passing the Royal Court of King Parakramabahu you can reach this Kumara Pokuna pond made out of stone slabs. This tank has been used during the period of King Parakramabahu ( 1153-1186).

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