Thivanka Pilimageya (Thivanka image House), Polonnaruwa


Thivanka pilimageya is another must visit attraction in ancient Polonnaruwa ruins. Since this is located away from other main attractions, you may miss it easily. Same time please note that Thivanka pilimageya and Thuparama pilimageya are two different locations.

Thivanka Pilimageya

Thivanka image House is another Gedige type Viharya, same as what we see in Polonnaruwa Lankathilaka and Thuparama image house. You may see many ruins located beside the path to this Pilimageya. Another notable thing is, the recently constructed steel structure and the roof ,which gives shelter and protection to this historic monument.

Thivanka Pilimageya

This structure is made out of bricks, even the statues. From the outside, you may notice that this is comparatively a large structure. But the thickness of the walls are too high, so majority of the inner space occupied by walls. But the benefit is that, it gave the strength to the image house to survive for centuries.
Thivanka Pilimageya is a another artistic masterpiece of king Parakramabahu the great, who ruled Sri Lanka during 1153 to 1186. The inside walls were decorated with frescos and main Buddha statue also partly destroyed. That may due to treasure hunting or due to south Indian invasions.

Thivanka Pilimageya

Thivanka image House is the place where we can see largest collection of painting belonging to Polonnaruwa kingdom time. But the plaster on which paintings were done, were faded away on many places. These Frescos believe to be belonging to 12 century and the common believe that the name Thivanka came because the main standing Buddha statue was created with the three curves. In native Sinhala language, Thi - mean three vaka(or vakra) mean bends. The exterior wall were decorated with various murals.

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