Sunday, October 31, 2021

Jetavanarama Alms-Hall

Jetavanarama Alms-Hall
Jetavanarama Alms-Hall (or The Refectory of Jetavanaramaya) is a ruined building located in the ancient monastery premises of Jetavanaramaya in Anuradhapura District, Sri Lanka. It was the place where the daily alms were provided for the monks who lived in the monastery (Wikramagamage, 2004).

The building
Jetavanarama Alms-Hall
The building is smaller when it is compared to other rectories at Anuradhapura (Jayasuriya, 2016; Wikramagamage, 2004). The central courtyard of the building is paved with stone slabs and a large canoe/trough used to serve rice for monks is found within it. Stone troughs similar to this have also been found from the alms halls at Inner City, Abhayagiriya, Maha Viharaya, and Mihintale

There is a rectangular Pokkharani (pond) near the refectory building. It may have supplied water for the refectory and other needs of the monks.

Jetavanarama Alms-Hall .
1) Jayasuriya, E., 2016. A guide to the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka. Central Cultural Fund. ISBN: 978-955-613-312-7. pp.43-44.
2) Wikramagamage, C., 2004. Heritage of Rajarata: Major natural, cultural, and historic sites. Colombo. Central Bank of Sri Lanka. p.137.

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This page was last updated on 1 November 2021
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