Thursday, September 6, 2018

Sinha Pokuna, Mihintale

Sinha Pokuna, Mihintale, Sri Lanka
Sinha Pokuna (also known as Singha Pokuna or Lion Pond and spout) is one of ponds in the ancient Buddhist monastery complex of Mihintale in Anuradhapura District, Sri Lanka.

The pond has been given its name since there is a statue of lion standing with two legs. The lion figure has been made on the outer wall of the lower terrace of the pond. The water is discharged through the mouth of the lion making a spout. This was used to collect water for the use of Buddhist monks. The water for the pond had been supplied from the Naga Pokuna through a tunnel.

The pond is believed to be belonged to the 7th century AD (Wikramagamage, 2004).

References
1) Wikramagamage, C., 2004. Heritage of Rajarata: Major Natural, Cultural and Historic sites: Colombo. Central Bank of Sri Lanka. pp.165-166.
2) The information board at the site by the Department of Archaeology and the Ministry of National Heritage.

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