Saturday, January 12, 2019

Balapokuna Raja Maha Viharaya

Balapokuna Raja Maha Viharaya
Balapokuna Raja Maha Viharaya is a Buddhist temple located in Pamankada in Colombo District, Sri Lanka.

Pond
Balapokuna pond
Balapokuna is a small natural pond located in the premises of Balapokuna temple. According to the historical sources, the history of this pond is dated back to the period of Kotte Kingdom (1412–1597 C.E.). The pond was originally known as Bata-pokuna [giving meaning of "the pond of soldier(s)"]  and the word Bata later evolved to the present name Bala-pokuna.

During the reign of King Parakramabhu VI (1411-1466 C.E.) the water of this pond is said to had been used by the king's soldiers. As it is possible to see a vast area of the Kotte Kingdom, the high spot located next to the pond is believed to be used as a look out point by the soldiers who had been appointed as sentries. Presently, this area is known as Balahenmulla, the name has been derived from the Sinhalese equivalent of garrison. Therefore it is assumed that this area could be a "Forward defense line" of Kotte Kingdom.

Popular legend
According to local folklore, the pond located in Balapokuna temple is one exit point to an ancient underground tunnel which runs from Kotte. Two other points which had been connected to this tunnel are said to be located at Ambalama (wayside rest) in Ethul Kotte and at the premises of Ananda Shastralaya College in Kotte.

A protected monument
The ancient pond of Pamankada Balapokuna Viharaya in the Grama Niladhari Division of Pamankade East, in the Thimbirigasyaya Divisional Secretary’s Division is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government gazette notification published on 6 June 2008.  
The image house and the bell tower, Balapokuna Viharaya The Stupa, Balapokuna Viharaya
References
1) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. No: 1553. 6 June 2008. p.533.

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