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Ruins

Anointing hall

  Province North Central
  District Anuradhapura
  Nearest Town Anuradhapura
  Period 7-9 centuries(A.D.)
  Ruler Unknown

Introduction

The Anointing Hall had been used for consecration of the images of the Buddha and of the Bodhisattva with scented water according to the Mahayana traditions. The stone pavilion where the water vessels and the images were placed and the drains conveying the consecrated water out of the Mandapa are presently visible. This structure belongs to the late Anuradhapura period.