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Siva Devala No 02

  Province North Central
  District Polonnaruva
  Nearest Town Polonnaruva
  Period 985 – 1014 A.D.
  Ruler king Rajaraja I

Introduction

This is the oldest Hindu shrine in Polonnaruwa. Known as Siva Devala No 02 it had been built by king Rajaraja I (985 – 1014 A.D.) According to a Tamil inscription found in sites this had been dedicated to the consort of the above king, vanavanmadevi in the centre of the shrine is the stone – cut sivalinga as the principal object of worship. Many images of Hindu Gods were discovered from this site. The Namdi figure, the vehicle of God Siva is presently located in front of the shrine. Hindu religious activities continue here even at the present time. 31 feet 06 inched height