Monday, 9 March 2020

Dhavalagaraya, Polonnaruwa

The ruined edifice situated near the Audience Hall of Nissankamalla in the Ancient City of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka is popularly called by the locals as Dhavalagaraya (the White Edifice) or the Mausoleum (Wikramagamage, 2004).

This monument has not yet been properly identified (Wikramagamage, 2004). Some believe that this is the Dhavalaghara built by King Parakramabahu the Great (1153-1186 A.D.). In the Sinhala language, the word Dhavala means the white and the Ghara means the house/edifice. Remains of the original white color lime plaster on the exterior walls of this edifice could have caused for such interpretation.

Another opinion identifies this edifice as a mausoleum of a member of the royalty. However, some have interpreted this building as the symbol of Mahameru, the central mountain of the universe.

The building
The present remains indicate that this brick-built building was a storied edifice with a cruciform ground plan. The building has no signs of windows and the walls still preserve some red, blue and white color fragments of the original plaster. (Wikramagamage, 2004).

Dhavalagaraya Dhavalagaraya
1) Dawalagaraya by Mresh92 is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

1) Wikramagamage, C., 2004. Heritage of Rajarata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo. Central Bank of Sri Lanka. p.205.

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