Friday, April 30, 2021

Rukula Ambalama

The Rukula Ambalama is an old wayside rest situated in Rukulagama village in Kegalle District, Sri Lanka. The famous Aluthnuwara Devalaya is situated to the north about a 1-mile distance from this Ambalama.

Ambalamas are traditional resting places built by locals to accommodate wayfarers who were travelling to distant places. According to folklore, the Rukula Ambalama at Rukulagama has been built by an elite lady named Rukula during the Dambadeniya Period [(13th-14th centuries A.D.) Dasanayaka, 2018]. However, some sources say that it was built at the beginning of the 20th century by the aristocrats of the village (De Silva & Chandrasekara, 2009).

The Ambalama was restored by villagers in 1982 (Dasanayaka, 2018).

Presently, the Ambalama lies on the verge of a paddy field. The structure is square in shape and made of brick and mortar (Dasanayaka, 2018). The hipped-roof is held by 12 round brick pillars about 8 ft. tall (Dasanayaka, 2018).

1) Dasanayaka, R., 2018. Ambalama saha samajaya (In Sinhala). S. Godage & Brothers.  pp.54-55.
2) De Silva, N.; Chandrasekara, D.P., 2009. Heritage Buildings of Sri Lanka. Colombo: The National Trust Sri Lanka, ISBN: 978-955-0093-01-4. p.163.

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