Polonnaruwa City is a sacred city with a lot of artistic and cultural appeal. Among them, Polonnaruwa Vatadage is a fascinating tourist attraction that surpasses the famous creations of Anuradhapura, Madirigiriya and Tiriyaya. Historical creations of the Art gallery of Polonnaruwa Vatadage created by centering on small stupas. It has been allowing one side of the Polonnaruwa Daladha Maluwa to live on the Tooth relic of Lord Buddha.
The Polonnaruwa Vatadage is famous as a palace built by king Parakramabahu in the period of Polonnaruwa kingdom. It is in this artifact that the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha was enshrined. This building is a great place to intensity the artistic talents and skills of the architects which is in 12th century. From the moment, you step into this beautifully constructed Vatadage when everyone will be amazed at the miraculous feelings.Upon the entering the Vatadage that you can see a beautiful moonstone (sadakadapahana).A new moonstone that the cattle have removed which has been erected. By that time Indian influence had spread in Sri Lanka and a high acceptance of Hinduism had been created in Sri Lanka.
According to Hinduism that the bull is treated as a deity and the cattle have been removed for the bar to honor the religion of Tamil People. There are also two ornate guardstones (Muragals) on either side of the Moonstone. There is also an eight foot Staircase of stone that has been decorated by garneting.
According to many archaeologists, the bones are said to be separated from the stone staircase atazyl. The polonnaruwa Vatadage consists of two Platforms as lower and upper platform. Although the lower platform that has four subs Entrances which has been enshrined the tooth relic of Buddha.
The Vatadage has been built around a small stupa with base diameter of 27 feet inches(8.43 m).And also this Building has two levels of lower platform and the raised upper platform that contains the stupa. The upper platform is 80 feet (24 m) in diameter and the lower one is 120 feet (37 m).The lower platform is 4 feet and 3 inches (1.3m) from the ground level and the upper platform is 5 feet 3 inches (1.6m) from the lower.Lower platform is entered a single entrance on the Northern side.
And when we get to the upper platform that we feel a sense of beauty even we can’t see. Once you get a better understanding of the past then you will begin to create images in the minds of viewers.
As we approach the upper platform that we can see a platform with small stupa centered on it.There are four status of Buddhaaround these small stupa. The Buddha Statue has flower arranged with Buddha statues to pray homage to As we approach the upper platform that we can see a platform with small stupa centered on it.There are four status of Buddhaaround these small stupa. The Buddha Statue has flower arranged with Buddha statues to pray homage to Buddhists.
According to some archaeologists that the appearance of the stones on which the upper platform was built has been attributed king Nissasankamalla. However Archaeologists say that the walls of the upper platform have been decorated withJems. It is also believed that timber was used to cover the roof of the Vatadage. In the end these historical creations were destroyed due to political affairs during the period of polonnaruwa Kingdom.
At present those creations are in ruins. The polonnaruwa Vatadage reveals the dignity and sacredness of Buddhism. And you can also get a better understanding of mental development of the past man’s mind power. I think that the Polonnaruwa Vatadage is a must spot for Sri Lankan attractions of Tourism. The Polonnaruwa Vatadage reflects the Sri Lankan identity which is a unique Sri Lankan artifact. The Polonnaruwa Vatadage is undoubtedly a great place for a Sri Lanka.