Aththaragama Ambalama

Aththaragama Ambalama
Aththaragama Ambalama (Sinhala: අත්තරගම අම්බලම) is an old wayside rest situated near Attaragama Raja Maha Viharaya in Harispattuwa in Kandy District, Sri Lanka.

Ambalamas are traditional resting places built by locals to accommodate wayfarers who were travelling to distant places. They were also used as a place for people to gather, hold meetings and serve as a public place in society. During the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, Ambalamas were spread all over the country. The Ambalama at Aththaragama is believed to be one such structure.

The structure
The square-shaped Aththaragama Ambalama is relatively small and its roof is held by round plastered pillars at its four corners. Besides the four pillars, seven timber pillars also provide support to the roof. A short wall runs around the structure connecting these pillars. The timber pillars are carved with decorative motifs and simple Pekada.

Also, a stone-built Pintaliya (vessel for water) and a Sandakada Pahana are found at the site.

1) would like to thank Vishwa Sri Jayasinghe for providing the necessary photographs required for this article. All the photos are published here with the permission of the author.
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This page was last updated on 4 April 2023
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