Thuparama, Polonnaruwa

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  • A small temple, but worth a visit, as there are buddha images to admire, and quite, an architecturally interesting structure as it is the only one left with a roof, built in the style that is...  more »
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  • Being a kingdom where a number of great Kings were originated, the city of Polonnaruwa beholds a great history of Sri Lankan history. The ancient Thuparama is a beautiful and remarkable structure related to ancient Sinhala architecture. The original builder of the monument is still unknown. The well-preserved roof is the main feature of the site. The external walls are designed architecture in collaboration of Sinhala architecture in accordance with the South Indian architectural patterns and styles. Remains of a giant Buddha statue with a large seat where the statue was seated are remaining. First of all, you must remember to remove your sleepers and shoes before entering the site. Perhaps you will be guided and advised by a monk in the Thuparamaya. While you are traveling around this image house which was built to worship Lord Buddha try and seek about the history of the building. Polonnaruwa had to face several invasions of the South Indian Dravidians, but these invasions caused to develop the culture and enrich our traditions. Thus with the development of irrigation systems and other agricultural based infrastructure and facilities, Polonnarwuwa was gradually turned to a royal capital city. Anyway the great Kings who ruled Polonnaruwa never forget to build religious monuments and cultural building for the dignity. The Thuparama is estimated that it has been survived for over 900 years. The semi cylindrical shaped roof is attractive. The walls of the Thuparma are approximately 7’’ in thickness. You will find that this was fully built of bricks. Some believe that Thuparama was built by a minister of King Parakramabahu (1153-1186) called Mahinda to house the tooth relic. Another belief is that this was built by king Vijayabahu I (1070-1110). Yet this big image house found, some parts of the site are still not excavated. But it is a must to say that the department of archeologists has taken several attempts to ensure, secure the place for the next generation.
  • Popularly known as Thuparama Image House but its ancient name or the builder’s name still unknown. However this image house is the only monument which its roof well preserved. Whole building was built by using bricks and mortar . Heavily decorated exterior of the monument signs the South Indian influence of this creation. According to the huge space and the large seat in the middle of this image house, it’s indicated that a giant statue of seating Buddha was located.
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