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Timings : Open 24 hours

Entry Fee : 3750 LKR

Nissanka Latha Mandapaya, Polonnaruwa Overview

Nissanka Latha Mandapaya is a unique structure located in Sri Lanka. This architectural marvel is one of it's kind for many reasons. Nissanka Latha Mandapaya is a unique structure located in Dalada Maluwa quadrangle of Polonnaruwa district in North Central Province, Sri Lanka. This architectural marvel is one of it's kind for many reasons. King Nissanka Latha built Nissanka Latha Mandapaya in the 20th century. The purpose of this construction was to recite and hear Buddhist scriptures. Mandapa is a word used for sheltered pillars. In the 20th century, mandapas were built inside houses and used for recitals during after death ceremonies, which is how the structure got its name.

Nissanka Latha Mandapaya is a raised stone platform, with many small stone pillars and eight big granite ones, a stone fence and a small stupa. The granite pillars are 8.5 feet tall and surprisingly curved at three places. The top of the pillars has a carving of a blooming lotus, while the test of the columns denotes the structure of a stem. The middle of the platform is a small stupa, which is also made of stone. The upper part of the stupa has been ruined but was identified to be made of wood.This structure is unique to Sri Lanka. No other architectural composition has been able to look like the magnificent Nissanka Latha Mandapaya. Unsurprisingly, Sri Lanka considers this site as a treasure and protects it accordingly.

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Entry Fee for Nissanka Latha Mandapaya

The entrance fee to visit the Polonnaruwa ancient city is approximately 3750 LKR, with a special discount for children, locals and citizens of SAARC countries. There is no additional fee to visit Nissanka Latha Mandapaya. The tour of this site is included in the price.

History for Nissanka Latha Mandapaya

Nissanka Latha Mandapaya was constructed by King Nissanka Latha in the 20th century, for reading and reciting piriths or religious Buddhist text and scriptures. Hence, this structure is named after him.

Architecture of Nissanka Latha Mandapaya

The structure of Nissanka Latha Mandapaya is unique. It has a raised stone platform, stone columns, a stone fence, eight granite pillars and a small stupa. The stupa is also made of stone. The upper part of the stupa, which is ruined, was made of wood.

Best Time to Visit Nissanka Latha Mandapaya

The most suitable months to visit this site are from May to September, because these months are drier than the others. The best time is early morning or late evening. During this time, the heat and the crowd both are minimal.

Tips while Visiting Nissanka Latha Mandapaya

Some tips while visiting Nissanka Latha Mandapaya are:
  • Keep your shoulders and knees covered
  • Shoes are not allowed on the site, hence, try to wear socks
  • Maintain silence as far as possible

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