Nissanka Latha Mandapaya

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Terrance M
Hamilton, Canada3,452 contributions
Jan 2020
The darkened pillars highlight this structure, also known as the Lotus Mandapa. Its precise use is subject to conjecture [held holy relics or a seat for Nissankamalla during religious ceremonies]. This uncertainty adds to its alllure.
Written February 6, 2020
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DipuKV
Pune, India1,024 contributions
Dec 2019
As you move through the place, the nuances strike you...cultural icons, religious artefacts, the passion of those times.
Written January 13, 2020
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JOANNE99JAYAMAHA
Colombo, Sri Lanka121 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
Built by King Nissanka Malla and named after him, it is located near the western entrance of the Dalada Maluva, the area that contains the oldest and most sacred monuments in the city. A nearby stone inscription identifies this as the building used by Nissanka Malla to listen to pirith (chanting of Buddhist scriptures) currently the entrance into the maluva is covered by a wire mesh. The pillars are a resemblance to a lotus stem with a blossom carved on top. This unique shape is not found anywhere else.
Written August 29, 2019
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kelum
Kandy District, Sri Lanka1,257 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
this is one place which has no other parallel. The king who was behind this masterpiece has been a unique ruler in our annals as well. The effort put in to the granite makes one wonder about the look of the place in all its regalia during the time it worked its magic.
Written May 7, 2019
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Cristina2014CI
Bucharest, Romania327 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
Nissanka Latha Mandapaya is also a part of Polonnaruwa ancient kingdom. The most important feature of this building is the shape and the carvings of the stone pillars.
Written January 19, 2019
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worldnomad_01
Los Angeles, CA854 contributions
Nov 2018
Nowadays Nissanka Latha Mandapaya is just an elevated stone platform with eight nicely decorated, curvy stone pillars, surrounded by a three levels stone fence. The structure was built during the reign of King Nissanka Malla in the 12th century AD and it was purportedly used by the king to listed to Buddhist chanting. The unique feature of the structure is the curvy stone pillars, supposed to represent a lotus flower, with the crown of each pillar carved in the shape of a blossoming lotus bud and the rest of the curvy column (three curves) carved to resemble the stem of the flower. Eye pleasing and interesting structure, worth your time...
Written December 13, 2018
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ShvRm_Traveller
Goa, India585 contributions
May 2018 • Family
What remains of this Mandapaya is a platform and pillars without any roof. The landmark is located adjacent to Polonnaruwa Watadage. The Mandapaya is believed to be in 2nd half of 12th Century by King Nissanka Malla, which gives the pavilion its name. The unique feature of this structure is the shape of the pillars.
Written November 25, 2018
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Janaka P
Colombo, Sri Lanka278 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
Nissanka Latha Mandapa is one of the ancient ruins at the Mahamewna Park in Polonnaruwa which will take you back centuries. A must see. Pls include this to your bucket list...
Written May 10, 2018
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SEs
London, UK25,862 contributions
Nov 2017 • Friends
This Lotus shaped pld pillars are worth seeing.The pillars only remaining rest is damaged.You need about ten minutes here.
Written November 26, 2017
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traveller_prk
Bengaluru, India733 contributions
Feb 2017 • Solo
This is part of the sacred quadrangle area and very distinct in the style o the pillars. The pillars may have held up the roof of the building. The pillars are lotus shaped and form a beautiful view among the ruins.
Written August 27, 2017
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