Saturday, July 20, 2019

Ambagaspitiya Ambalama

Ambagaspitiya Ambalama
The Ambagaspitiya Ambalama is an old wayside rest in the village of Ambagaspitiya in Gampaha District, Sri Lanka. The site can be reached by traveling along the Yakkala - Radawana road about 4.7 km distance from the Yakkala junction.

Ambalama
Ambalamas are traditional resting places built by locals to accommodate wayfarers who were traveling to distant places. 

Structure
The Ambalama has been built by erecting twelve granite pillars. Connecting these twelve pillars, a short wall goes around the structure. On the inside, around the Ambalama, are seats fixed to the short wall. The seats are made in two levels which is probably due to the caste differences prevailed at the time of its construction. The entrance is set at the northern side of the Ambalama.

The pillars are octagon in shape with four sided medial panels. Several rock carvings are also found on some of the pillars. The pillar capitals are made of wood and decorated with Pekada carvings. The four sided roof with elevated middle portion is paved with semi cylindrical roof tiles (Sinhala Ulu).

A protected monument
The Ambagaspitiya Ambalama at the 3rd mile post of the Yakkala - Radawana road in Ambagaspitiya village in Palle Tuttiripitya Grama Niladari Division in the Divisional Secretary’s Division of Mahara is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government gazette notification published on 22 November 2002 .
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References
1) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka: No: 1214. 22 November 2002.

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