Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya, Polonnaruwa

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  • Nissanka Latha Mandapa is one of the ancient ruins at the Mahamewna Park in Polonnaruwa which will take you back centuries. A must see. Pls include this to your bucket list...  more »
  • Unlike other ruins posts on one pillar decorated with art, taste. I feel the magical atmosphere and enshrined a round stone in the center column of the indescribable.
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  • This Lotus shaped pld pillars are worth seeing.The pillars only remaining rest is damaged.You need about ten minutes here.  more »
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  • Nissanka Latha Mandapaya is a unique structure in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka. Built by King Nissanka Malla (1187-1196) and named after him, it is located near the western entrance of the Dalada Maluva, the area that contains the oldest and most sacred monuments in the city. A nearby stone inscription identifies this as the building used by Nissanka Malla to listen to pirith (chanting of Buddhist scriptures). The structure is an elevated stone platform with a number of stone columns and surrounded by a low stone wall. These stone columns are the unique feature about the Nissanka Latha Manadapaya, since they are carved in a manner that is found nowhere else in the country. The eight granite columns are arranged in two rows, with four in each row.Presumably used to support a roof, each of them is approximately 8 feet 4 inches (2.54 m) in height. In each of these columns, the crown is carved in the shape of a blossoming lotus bud. The rest of the column is elaborately carved to resemble the stem of the flower. Unlike stone columns commonly seen in the architecture of this period, these are not straight, but are curved in three places. According to archaeologist Senarath Paranavithana, the stone columns at the Nissanka Latha Mandapaya are the best examples of this feature of ancient Sri Lankan architecture. At the center of the platform, flanked by the stone columns, is a small stupa. This is also made from stone, but the top part of it has been destroyed. Its base is decorated with a carved design. The platform is surrounded by a stone railing, and the structure is entered through a single stone doorway. In contrast to the elaborately carved stone pillars, these have an undecorated and plain finish.
  • This is a pure square building and built by king Nissanka Malla (1187-1196). The interesting future her is the shape of the columns there. All most all the columns found in other buildings are straight in shape and these are curved at least with two curves giving a shape of a stem of a lotus flower In addition to that, there is a fence made out of pure stone work.
  • Nissanka Latha Mandapaya is a square buiding with fine rock cut railing g going all around lying the Dalada Maluwa area of the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa. This building has been built by king Nissanka Malla (1187-1196). The most important feature of this building is the shape and the carvings of the stone pillars. These pillars are carved in the shape of a lotus stork and are curved in three places. The top of the pillars take form of a lotus flower. On the center is a small Stupa. The whole building is surrounded by a fence made out of stone.
  • Great history of Sri Lanka.
  • A very beautiful ruin where the great srilankan construction technology is exposed. It was made by king nishshankalatha.
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