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Chapter House (Diyasen paya)

  Province North Central
  District Anuradhapura
  Nearest Town Anuradhapura
  Period 956-972 A.D.
  Ruler King Mahinda V

Introduction

This edifice with 176 stone pillars has been identified as an uposathagara or Chapter house. An inscription at Abhayagiriya monastery states that Mahinda V (956-972 A.D.) renovated a chapter house called Diyasena at Jethavana monastery, which indicates that there had been a chapter house earlier. The chapter house an essential feature in a monastery was used by the resident monks for ecclesiastical purposes. The present edifice had several storied and the upper floors may have been used for residential purpose as well, the ground plan of this chapter house is very much similar to that at the Rathnapresada, The chapter house at Abhayagiri monastery.

Key

  • Principal entrance
  • Staircase Leading
  • To the upper stories