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Alahana Pirivena

  Province North Central
  District Polonnaruva
  Nearest Town Polonnaruva
  Period 1153-1186 A.D.
  Ruler King Parakramabahu the Great


Having an extent of 35 hectares this is the largest monastery complex in Polonnaruwa extending from here up to Gal Vihara. Established by King Parakramabahu the Great 1153-1186 A.D. the name suggest that site had been a formed cremation ground with has been confirmed by archeological excavate carried out here were build on the cremation sites of prelates or of the Royalty. The monastery has a terraced layout Kiri Vehera, Lankatilake Image House Buddha sima presada and the small stupas (some of them are crematory stupas) are located on the two upper terraces while the monastic hospital ponds and hundreds of resident Monks cells are located on the lower terraces.


  • Monastic Hospital
  • Baddasima prasada
  • Lankatilaka
  • Kiri Vehera
  • Crematory stupa
  • Stupa
  • Double stupa
  • Pond