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Ruins

Galpota (Stone Book)

  Province North Central
  District Polonnaruva
  Nearest Town Polonnaruva
  Period 1187-1196 A.D.
  Ruler king Nissankamalla

Introduction

This giant inscription which assumes the shape of a palm – leaf manuscript in stone has been a work of king Nissankamalla (1187-1196 A.D.) and it is the largest stone inscription so far discovered. The inscription itself says that this large stone block was transported from Mihintale, some hundred kilometers away from polonnaruwa. The letters of the inscription were gilted with molten iron. These may have been a roof over the inscription for its protection. The figure of the women on the side face of the stone on whom two elephants are sprinkling water has been identified as Goddess Gajalakshmi (Goddess of prosperity) 27 feet 10 inches long and 04 feet wide.

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