The Royal Palace of King Vijayabahu I
King Vijayabahu I ascended to throne in 1055 in the Rohana and 18 years after that and 3 years after defeating the Colas from India he celebrated his consecration in Anuradhapura. But he selected to rule from Pollonnaruwa and shifted the capital there.
This building we see today is thought to be the temporary palace he constructed
to for the celebrations in Anuradhapura. This building as it stands today
measures 128x216 feet (39x66 metres) . The guard stones at the entrance to the
palace represent “Sankhanihi” and “Padmanidhi”, the
two attendants of Kuvera.
Photos before restoration from www.imagesofceylon.com
February 13, 2007