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The Kuttam Pokuna - The Twin Ponds

Anuradhapura, Ancient Central, Sri Lanka.
Location : Anuradhapura
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The twin ponds are a magnificent example of landscape architecture built on a grand scale. The ponds are in fact not twins at all, with one pond being longer by 40 feet than the other.
The stone moulding of the baths and the flights of steps leading to the water are graceful and austere, but above all natural. Apart from their beauty, the twin ponds are very functional. Water which is fed through an inlet is cleaned and purified several times over; before the cool water gushes out into the pond through a lion’s head spout.
The faces of the pools were cut granite slabs which include the bottom and the sides of the pool. A wall was also built around the pool which encloses the compound. Flights of steps are seen on both ends of the pool decorated with punkalas, or pots of abundance and scroll design.
Embankments were constructed to enable monks to bathe using pots or other utensils. Water to the pools were transferred through underground ducts and filtered before flowing to the pool and in a similar fashion the water was emptied.
The ponds are considered one of the significant achievements in the field of hydrological engineering and outstanding architectural and artistic creations of the ancient Sinhalese.

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