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Embekke Devale

Udu Nuwara, Udu Nuwara, Ancient Central, Sri Lanka.
Location : Udu Nuwara
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Embekke Devale, famed for its elaborate woodcarvings, pillars and other structures, is located in Udu Nuwara, close to Daulagala, about eight miles from Kandy. UNESCO has identified the elaborate wood carvings on the wooden pillars to be the finest woodcarvings found in any part of the world.
Many are the legends that tell of the origins of this splendid devale. According to archaic documents and the epic Embekke Varnanawa composed by Delgahagoda Mudiyanse, it was built during the Gampola period of King Wickrema Bahu II (1371 AD). One of his consorts named Henakanda Biso Bandara, in association with a drummer named as Rangama, as told in a miraculous dream, is supposed to have built this Devale dedicated to God Kataragama in a superb three-storey building, which is now no more.
The devale is in two segmented buildings, the Digge (Dancing Hall) and Drummers Hall (Hewasi Mandappaya).
The roof of the Embekke Devale bears some ingenuous revelations of classic carpentry masterpieces in fixing the rafters. The ‘Madol Kurupuwa’ is one of the finest examples of medieval carpentry excellence. It is a giant carved wooden pin which holds together 26 rafters at the hipped end of the roof of the Digge of Embekke Devale.

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