Nissanka Latha Mandapaya
Nissanka Latha Mandapaya
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,896 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The darkened pillars highlight this structure, also known as the Lotus Mandapa. Its precise use is subject to conjecture [held holy relics or a seat for Nissankamalla during religious ceremonies]. This uncertainty adds to its alllure.
Written 6 February 2020
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Prasanna
Panadura, Sri Lanka3,580 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
Temple of remains of a building believed to be the kings court of Polonnaruea kingdom ,
Nishanka ( name of the king who built it), latha= creepers, funa, mandapaya = meeting room/ court.
It outstand among the rest of the ruins for its design with carved rock pillars depicting creepers going up and ending with flower at the top. tooth relic in Pollonaruwa era
Written 22 December 2014
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worldnomad_01
Los Angeles, CA1,597 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
Nowadays Nissanka Latha Mandapaya is just an elevated stone platform with eight nicely decorated, curvy stone pillars, surrounded by a three levels stone fence. The structure was built during the reign of King Nissanka Malla in the 12th century AD and it was purportedly used by the king to listed to Buddhist chanting. The unique feature of the structure is the curvy stone pillars, supposed to represent a lotus flower, with the crown of each pillar carved in the shape of a blossoming lotus bud and the rest of the curvy column (three curves) carved to resemble the stem of the flower. Eye pleasing and interesting structure, worth your time...
Written 13 December 2018
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sujithkumarasilva
Colombo, Sri Lanka13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Friends
This is a unique building made by king Nissankamalla to listen to the Buddhists scripts usually chanted overnight. Pillars are made in this building called Latha means delicated plants like lotus. But they are all granite. Around it is the fence called Buddhists railing. Wish a miniature of a Stupa in the middle of the building. The king who made the building ruled from 1187-1196 AD.
Written 5 November 2014
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1LifeStand
Colombo, Sri Lanka5,295 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Friends
Built by King Nissanka Malla (1187 - 1196) to listen to pirith (chanting of Buddhist scriptures). The pillars are shaped like lotus stems - angular in shape.
Written 31 October 2012
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Cristina2014CI
Bucharest, Romania348 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
Nissanka Latha Mandapaya is also a part of Polonnaruwa ancient kingdom. The most important feature of this building is the shape and the carvings of the stone pillars.
Written 19 January 2019
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HudsonS16
Nice, France415 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
The columns were huge and you could still see much detail of carving. Standing there made me realise the huge scale of the site. The guide explained it all well, worth the extra.
Written 10 May 2016
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jehenson81
Washington DC, DC24,884 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Solo
When I was visiting the Tooth Relic Complex, I have to say that this little building sort of sticks out as it was not built to house the tooth relic, but for the King to sit in and listen to the chanting and the praying of the monks in the temple(s). Some days it must be nice to be a king. The columns as others have mentioned are really what stick out in your mind...
Written 5 February 2015
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BFerdinandes
Colombo, Sri Lanka72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
This unique structure showcases the flamboyant designs in ancient Sri Lankan architecture. The wobbling columns represent lotus stems with flower. Simply beautiful. Can imagine how it would have looked in its hey day!
Written 19 August 2014
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DipuKV
Pune, India3,125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
As you move through the place, the nuances strike you...cultural icons, religious artefacts, the passion of those times.
Written 13 January 2020
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