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Ruins

Hatadage

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

Introduction

This is the temple of the Tooth built by king Nissankamalla (1187 – 1186 A.D.) It is said that it is called Hatadage because it was built within sixty (hata) hours. It has been a two storied building and contained the tooth Relic. Among the stone slabs on the walls are these inscriptions of king Nissankamalla of which one has the words “Nissanks Hatadage”. The other inscriptions contain the king’s altruistic activities and advice given to the community of Buddhist monks. The roof may have had wooden beams and covered with clay.

Key

  • Porch
  • vestibule
  • staircase
  • sanctum
  • standing Buddha image
  • stone paved terrace
  • Parapet wall