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Weijantha Prasada

Polonnaruwa, Polonnaruwa, Ancient Central, Sri Lanka.
Location : Polonnaruwa
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Situated in the citadel, according to the chronicles it was called Weijantha Prasada consisting of seven storeys. In its inscription of the palace of Parakramabahu the chronicle lists a number of subsidiary edifices, such as picture galleries, theatres, pavilions, etc., which were necessary for the life of refined luxury led by royalty in those days, and were calculated to engender in the minds of the people ideas with regard to the escalated and semi divine statues which kingships had then acquired.
Of these subsidiary edifices we can identify today, by means of a label inscribed on its landing slab at the head of the stair-cases the pavilion which bore the magniloquent title of Rajavesya-bhujanga. This is situated to the east of the main edifice, and appears to have been designed to serve as a Hall of Public Audience.
The central edifice is 150 feet square and contained an imposing, pillared hall 102 ft. by 42 ft. The structure was storeyed; the pillars and superstructure which were wood, no longer exist. It was entered by a lion portal and rose in three receding tiers from a stone basement, with stone pillars on the uppermost tier. In ruin today, it is still one of the most impressive buildings.

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