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Manik Vehera

  Province North Central
  District Polonnaruva
  Nearest Town Unknown
  Period 8 – 9 centuries A.D.
  Ruler Unknown


Popularly known as Manik Vehera, the history of this monastery is not known. But according to the architectural features, it could date back to the 8 – 9 centuries A.D. This monastery has a terraced layout and consists of a stupa, a Bodhi – tree shrine, image houses, refectory monk’s dispensary and cells. Built on a high terrace surrounded by a high wall the stupa here is of a rare type. The relief terracotta tablets of squatting lions decorating the plinth and the carved stone door – frame of the projected entrance are the special features of this stupa.


  • Stupa
  • Bodhi – tree shrine
  • Image houses
  • Refectory
  • Monks’ Dispensary