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Gopala pabbataya(Madalayas cave)

  Province North Central
  District Polonnaruva
  Nearest Town Polonnaruva
  Period 2nd century BC
  Ruler Unknown

Introduction

This is natural rocky outcrop making the southern boundary of the Alahana pirivena, It has several caves, one of which is known as Madalayahalena (cave of Madalaya) This had led to some legends about the human habitation of this region. The inscription over the drip-ledge of this cave is attributed to the 2nd century BC on paleographical evidence. At that time, members of the elite donated caves to the monks, and this too is considered such a one. ’Madalaya’ was probably a chieftan who donated the cave.