Nissanka Latha Mandapaya, Polonnaruwa


Nisshanka Latha Mandapaya, Polonnaruwa
Nisshanka Latha Mandapaya, Polonnaruwa

Nisshanka Latha Mandapaya is located in the Polonnaruwa Dalada Maluwa, where the Tooth Relic of Load Buddha was located in Polonnaruwa period. This the place where king Nissanka Malla(1187-1196 AD) used to come and listen the Pirith Chanting. Pirith is a protective Buddhist texts.

Nisshanka Lata Mandapaya, Polonnaruwa
Front View of the Nisshanka Lata Mandapaya, Polonnaruwa

Nisshanka Latha Mandapaya, Polonnaruwa
Nisshanka Latha Mandapaya, Polonnaruwa

This pavilion is surrounded by a railing ( fence, Garadhi Weta), which was done with stonework. Entrance is from the east side with a stone doorway.

Nisshanka Latha Mandapaya, Polonnaruwa
Stone columns and the stupa in Nisshanka Lata Mandapaya, Polonnaruwa

There is a stupa ( Dageba) in the middle of the stage, which was done with stones.There are 8 stone columns, on the stage around the Dageba. These pillars are not straight, have curve(angular) shaped from three places. Each pillar is around 8 feet in height. You can see a Blossoming Lotus at the top of the each stone column. Its believed that the roof was done with wood.

Nisshanka Latha Mandapaya, Polonnaruwa
Nisshanka Latha Mandapaya

Nisshanka Latha Mandapaya, Polonnaruwa
Stone columns and the stupa in Nisshanka Lata Mandapaya, Polonnaruwa

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