Points of Interest - Polonnaruwa

Vatadage

The quadrangle of the Vatadage
Vatadage Polonnaruwa

Built by King Nishshankamalla (1187-1196), this ancient stupa house a remarkable stone carved Buddha statues in the centre and on the four corners. The entrance of the Stupa is decorated with 2 beautiful stone carved guard stones and a moonstone unique to Polonnaruwa era. Resulting number of south Indian invasions, the bull, worshiped in Hinduism, was removed from the moonstones that were found in Polonnaruwa. And the band with four animals was completely removed and lion, elephant and horse were depicted in separate bands.

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