Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Atadage

Polonnaruwa Atadageya, Sri Lanka
Atadage is in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka. This building has been identified as the Temple of Tooth built by King Vijayabahu I (1055-1110 A.D.). It is the oldest building in the Sacred Quadrangle (Puja Chaturasraya or Dalada Maluwa).

The building is about 22.5 m in length and 25.5 m in breadth. Initially it was a two storied building and in the ground floor a standing Buddha statue. The upper floor was probably made of timber and had used to deposit the sacred Tooth Relic and the Bowl Relic of Buddha.

Near to the Atadage is the Velaikkara inscription inscribed in Tamil Grantha scripts. According to the inscription, the Tooth Relic which was in the custody of Rajaguru Mugalan thero had been deposited here and its protection was entrusted to the Velaikkara soldiers who were the hired guards of the king.

References
1) Wikramagamage, C., 2004. Heritage of Rajarata: Major Natural, Cultural and Historic sites: Colombo. Central Bank of Sri Lanka. p. 211.

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