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Embekke Ambalama

Embekke Ambalama, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Embekke Ambalama is an old wayside rest in the village of Embekke in Kandy District, Sri Lanka. It is found on a flat rock plain located in a paddy field near to the famous shrine, Embekke Devalaya

The Embekke Ambalama is said to have been constructed during the reign of King Bhuvanekabahu IV (1341-1351 A.D.) prior to the establishment of Embekke Devalaya (Godakumbura, 2011). Due to the closer similarities in the carvings of both Ambalama and Devalaya, these two establishments are believed to be belonged to the same era (Rajapakse, 2016). The Ambalama had been used at that time period as a resting place for the pilgrims who came from Gampola to visit the Buddhist temple, Lankathilaka Viharaya (Rajapakse, 2016).

As today, only pillars are remaining at the site. The monolithic pillars bear stone carvings similar to those on the wooden pillars in Embekke Devalaya (Godakumbura, 2011).

A protected monument
The Embekke Dewale together with the building complex of the same era Gale Ambalama situated in the Grama Niladhari Division of Embekke in the Divisional Secretary’s Division of Udunuwara are archaeological protected monuments, declared by a government gazette notification published on 23 January 2009.
Stone carvings of Embekke Ambalama, Kandy Stone carvings of Embekke Ambalama, Kandy
Stone carvings of Embekke Ambalama, Kandy Stone carvings of Embekke Ambalama, Kandy
1) Godakumbura, C. E., 2011. Embekke (Chapter seven). International Scientific Committee: Wood. ICOMOS International Committee on Wood. pp. 52-53.
2) Rajapakse, S., 2016. Pauranika Sthana Ha Smaraka: Mahanuwara Distrikkaya (In Sinhala). Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka. ISBN:955-9159-34-8. pp. 57-58.
3) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. No: 1586. 23 January 2009. p. 109.

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