Reflecting the majesty and grandeur of Sri Lanka’s magnificent history and rich traditions, the Ran Avuda Mandapaya stands tall within the premises of the Sri Dalada Maligawa. Constructed in 1592 by the King Wimaladharmsooriya I, the Ran Avuda Mandapaya was believed to be the place where the crowns and sword of the Kandyan kings were designed, moulded and bejewelled. It was later renovated by Kings Senerath, Rajasinghe II and Wimaladharmasooriya II. The building was damaged due to foreign invasions and finally fell into hands of the British during their reign. They attached it to the Kandy District Courts complex after the Kandyan Convention was signed in 1815. The British changed the age old carvings and replaced them with their own architectural features. All but the traditional wood carvings were changed according to their tastes. In 1880, Colonial Governor Sir James Longden, the king’s stores and made it into the District Court.
The building has been now restored ancient and visitors can appreciate the finely chiselled wood carvings and the beauty of ancient artwork. Future projects include setting up a visitor information centre where tourists will be able to skim through the temple’s annals and go through information on Buddhism at the complex.