Raja Sabhawa(Counsel Chamber) of King Parakramabahu the Great


Raja Sabhawa of King Parakramabahu
Raja Sabhawa of King Parakramabahu

This is the Council Chamber ( Raja Sabahawa) of king Parakaramabahu the Great( 1153 -1186 AD). This also known as Raja Vaishyabhujanga Mandapaya.

Raja Sabhawa of King Parakramabahu
Plan of the Raja Sabhawa of King Parakramabahu

Raja Sabhawa of King Parakramabahu
The statue of a lion by the entrance

The Council chamber is 75 feet in length and 33 feet width. The design was done in three tires. The first, lowest level was decorated with row of elephants and the second level with lions. Third an the upper most wall is decorated with Vamana rupa.

Sadakadapahana
Sadakadapahana at the entrance

Raja Sabhawa of King Parakramabahu

There are 4 rows with 12 stone pillars in each raw. Each pillar is decorated with carvings. It is believed that the roof supported on the stone pillars probably done with wood and clay tiles.

Raja Sabhawa of King Parakramabahu
Carvings done on the columns

You can see a Sadakada pahana belonging to the Polonnaruwa time at the entrance.

Raja Sabhawa of King Parakramabahu
Another view of the lion

This structure was undergone some renovation during the Dabadeniya period( 13th century AD).

Raja Sabhawa of King Parakramabahu

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