The “Magul Maduwa” of the Palace was the place where the king met his ministers and carried out his daily administrative tasks. This was also known as the “Maha Naduwa” (high court) by the local residence as this building was used by the king as the court. This building was also called the Assembly Hall or the Audience Hall. The construction of this finely carved wooden structure has been started by the king Rajadhi Rajasinhe (1779 – 1797) in 1783. A number of key events in Kandy’s history has taken place in this “Magul Maduwa”. The hall witnessed the handing over the last Sri Lankan kingdom to the British throne in 1815 ending over 2500 years of sovereignty. It was at this place that the British handed over the death sentence to the Sri lankan patriots, Madugalle Disave and the Keppatipola Disave. In the early days of the British occupation, the British Missionaries used this Audience Hall as their Church for their conversion process. The “Magul Maduwa” we see today is an extension to the original made by the British to facilitate the welcome of Prince of Wales in 1875. They pulled out 32 carved wooden columns from the building called “Pale Vahale” (which was the Queens living quarters during the last king of Kandy and now the National Museum building) and replaced them with brick pillars. Out of these 32, 16 pillars were used to extend the “Magul Maduwa” with 8 pillars on each side and the old decayed bases were replaced by new wooden bases. With this addition, building now has two rows of elegantly carved pillars each row having 32 columns. A Kandyan style roof rests upon these columns.
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