Polonnaruwa Atadageya ( Tooth Relic Temple)


Polonnaruwa Atadageya was the temple, which used to house the sacred Tooth relic of Load Buddha in Polonnaruwa kingdom time. This temple used to be a two story building with 75 feet length and 45 feet width. Polonnaruwa Atadageya was constructed by king Vijayabahu 1 in 11th century after defeating enemy army and making the country united.

Polonnaruwa Atadageya

Tooth relic was housed in the top floor. Building walls are made out of bricks and middle slab may have done with wood.Ground floor was used as an image house. Now you can see only s a standing Buddha statue and the several sitting statues located in this ancient structure.

Polonnaruwa Atadageya

Its believed that the name Atadageya came from there were 8 Jatahka stores were painted here or completed this structure in just eight days. In native Sinhala language "ata" mean eight. In site the temple, on left site there are reamings of a stair case. May be it used to reach the first floor, where tooth relic was located.

Polonnaruwa Atadageya

At the front of the this temple, you can see a Sandakada pahana and granite door frame. There are six nicely caved pillars can be sseen inside, and those designs call "Kalpa latha" design. Vamana rupa, Bodhisatha rupa and some other are caved there.

Polonnaruwa Atadageya



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