Sunday, April 29, 2018

Jetavanarama Pilimage

Jetavanaramaya Pilima Geya, Sri Lanka
Jetavanaramaya Pilima Geya (Image house of Jetavanarama) is located to the west of the Jetavanarama Stupa and is the main image house found in the monastery complex. The building is a Gedige type image house which once had a vaulted roof of brick. According to the present architectural features, this is a work belongs to the latter Anuradhapura period.

The entrance to the image house is a stone door frame which is about 8 meters (27 feet) tall (Wikramagamage, 2004). Which suggest that this image house had sheltered a colossal standing image of Buddha. As having a main and a side entrance, the building belongs to the Gandakuti style comprising of Garbha gruhaya and Antharalaya (Wijesuriya & Weerasekara, 1997). The lotus pedestal (Padmasana) of the Buddha statue and the stone reliquary of the shrine are still at the site. There are indications that they had been destroyed by fire.  

Either side of the image house are the ruins of several buildings which could be the subsidiary structures of the main shrine.
Jetavanaramaya Pilima Geya, Sri Lanka Jetavanaramaya Pilima Geya, Sri Lanka

1) Wijesuriya, G.; Weerasekara, H., 1997. Footprints of our heritage. Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO. ISBN: 955-9043-32-3. p.42.
2) Wikramagamage, C., 2004. Heritage of Rajarata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites: Colombo. Central Bank of Sri Lanka. p.136.

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