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Hatadage, Polonnaruwa

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  • This is a really nice building which I enjoyed greatly. I felt that the decision to suspend a large plastic tarpaulin over the images was bizarre, unnecessary and detracted from the feel of the place....  more »
  • A beautiful temple where the tooth of the Buddha was originally kept arriving in Sri lanka. Still preserves part of the walls and a statue. Beautiful ruin and interesting, along with the Quad.
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  • Nothing truly spectacular about this one. Kind of gets lost in the maze of ruins. Can give it a pass.  more »
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  • Built by King Nishshankaamalla next to Sath mahal Prasada. Apart from the rooftop other parts of the building is still preserved. Worth watching
  • Heta-dageya, The name 'Heta' mean this was build in 60 sri lanka ours. (1 sri lanka our is longer than standard hour). 'dageya' mean stupa. All made by heavy rock blocks.
  • An ancient relic shrine in the city of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
  • This is an ancient shrine which housed the tooth relic during the Polonnaruwa Kingdom. According to the inscriptions on a stone slab next to this building, this building has been built by King Nissanka Malla (1187-1196) to house the tooth relic of Buddha. But it is unclear whether this was built by king Parakramabahu (1153-1186) and was renovated by Nissanka Malla (1187-1196) or whether Nissanka Malla (1187-1196) himself built it. Reason for this doubt is the description of a large relic house built by Parakramabahu (1153-1186) in the chronicles and inability to find this in the Polonnaruwa area. Also King Nissanka Malla (1187-1196) is well-known for taking the credit for things others have done by just doing renovation work. This building is much larger than the Atadage and is surrounded by solid stone walls. In design it is similar to Atadage with two floors. Stone steps to the upper floor are still in place. The upper floor has been probably made out of wood and the tooth relic would have been housed here. On the ground floor remains of three standing Buddha statues can be seen. “Heta” means sixty and because of this, it is presumed that this building was called by this name because it was completed in sixty days or it housed sixty relics with tooth relic of Buddha. Another important factor of this building is the Sandakada Pahana (the moonstone) at the entrance. This is a rare instance of a lion appearing on the moon stone. Generally the lion and the bull is not seen in the moonstones in the Polonnaruwa Era.
  • All visitors are informed to be mindful of the attire. It was a shame to see some foreign nationals in embarresment when the cultural police stopped them from entering without formal the dress code. There are two sides to this. One, that the site is considered holy grounds and thus require certain modesty. However on the other hand tourists are not well informed of local requirments and since they are on tour cannot expect them to carry around a separate set of dress. You will mostly find bikers on tour who will find a pair of shorts more convinent, with a skinny to go with our humid weather. This is a NO NO to the administrators. The Govt. should find a go between. Another sad situation is the cultural cops in charge cannot manage the language. On my visit to Tadage recently the cop blew a whistel on a touring family. He was exhausting his best English and sign language to explain his point, until both parties were heating up. Finally my wife intervened to translate. Outcome was, an elder boy in the group sacrificing his T-shirt to a lady (maybe his mom) The poor guy had to sit in the scorching sun bare body red in embarresment until the others made the tour without him. I believe all hotels and restaurents should advise their guests on local requirments as a customer service.

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Where to stay in Polonnaruwa

Famous for its UNESCO-protected and often-visited complex of ruins, Polonnaruwa caters to its visitors with dozens of guesthouses, the majority situated along Batticaloa Road. A number of mid-range and four-star hotels sit on Parakrama Samundra and the shores of Bendiwewa reservoir. Nearby Giritale village, some 7 km (4.3 mi) away, also offers nice alternatives as a rural base. A number of budget-friendly bed & breakfasts can be found near the lake.
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