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Demala Maha Saya

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


This is called Demala Maha Saya because it was built by Tamil prisoners-of-war from king Parakramabahu’s (1153 – 1186 A.D.) south Indian campaigns. The stupa was built enveloping an existing hillock and is about 600 meters in circumference of its base. The summit of the truncated dome is leveled and contains a small stupa at the center. It is not clear whether it was left undone because of the immensity of the project or whether it was an attempt to build a stupa of the kotavehera type.