Siva Devale No. 7 of Polonnaruwa Kingdom

Siva Devale No. 7 of Polonnaruwa Kingdom (ශිව දේවාලය අංක 7)

This Siva Devalaya (Kovil) one of the many small Siva Kovils which are found scattered around the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa. Siva Kovil marked as Siva Devale No. 7 lies just 100 before the northern exit from the inner city on the left of the road. This site lies few meters in to the tree line thus not distinguable from all other ruined walls of buildings which lies all over the inner city of the ancient Polonnaruwa kingdom.

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Dimbulagala Raja maha Viharaya

Dimbulagala Rajamaha Viharaya (දිඹුලාගල රජමහා විහාරය)

Dimbulagala is also noted for having being made the abode of Kuththagaththatissa, an Arahat who attended the writing down of the scripture at Aluvihare Matale along with five hundred Bhikkus. Hearing this King Valagamba patronised Dimbulagala, by maintaining the caves, erecting flower ponds, fruit gardens and Viharas for the monks and offered to the Bhikkus land, fields and villages.

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Thivanka Image House - before restoration – photo taken on late 1800′s or early 1900′s

Places of Interest in Polonnaruwa

The history Polonnaruwa goes as far as 6th century BC when a minister of the king Vijaya (From whom the Sinhalese race was born) established a town called “Vijitha Grama” on the area now called Kaduruwela. This is also the place for the famous “Battle of Vijithapura” between the Great King Dutugamunu (161-131 BC) and the Tamil invader Elara in his effort to re-unite the country under one Sinhalese King.

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The 2nd Nataraja casing found at the Siva Kovil No 5 in Polonnaruwa

Naipena Viharaya : Vishnu Devale No. 4 : Siva Devale No. 5 (නයිපෙන විහාරය : විෂ්නු දේවාලය අංක 4 : ශිව දේවාලය අංක 5)

The ruins known as Naipena Viharaya lies away from the main cluster of ruins and the ancient main street of ancient Polonnaruwa Kingdom. Here infect lies 2 kovils. On the left is the larger structure which is called the Siva Kovil Number 5. Adjoining it is a smaller structure now identified as s Vishnu Kovil Number 4.

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