Friday, July 9, 2021

Muladeni Mandapaya, Kandy

Muladeni Mandapaya, Kandy
Photo credit: Google street view

Muladeni Mandapaya (the Headman's lodge) is an old building situated in the middle of Kandy town, Sri Lanka. It is located on Temple Street just opposite the Kandy Old Fountain

History
This building is said to have been used by village headmen coming to Kandy during the early part of the British administration [(British Ceylon: 1815-1948 A.D.) Abeyawardana, 2004].

The building
Built on a raised rectangular platform, it contains a room and an open hall (Rajapakse, 2016). A flight of steps facing the east provide the access to the open hall part of the platform. The roof of this part is borne by 28 wooden pillars and another four pillars are found in the inner room (Abeyawardana, 2004). The pillars have no carvings.

Architectural features of the Kandyan Period are visible on this building (Abeyawardana, 2004). It has some features similar to the famous audience hall of Kandy, Magula Maduwa (Abeyawardana, 2004).

A protected monument
The Muladeni Palace belonging to Deva Street in Kandy City premises situated in No. 357, Kandy Grama Niladhari Division in the Gangawata Koralaya Divisional Secretary’s Division is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government gazette notification published on 21 October 2010.

References
1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Kandurata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. 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.17-18.
3) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, no: 1677. 21 October 2010. p.1750.

Location Map
This page was last updated on 17 July 2021
For a complete tourist map follow this link: Lankapradeepa Tourist Map

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