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Fer
Colmenar Viejo, Spain2,827 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The Hatadage was built by King Nissanka Malla (1187–1196), as a shrine to house the Relic of the tooth of the Buddha.
Several historical sources including the Rajaveliya, Poojavaliya and the Galpotha inscription itself mention that it was built in sixty hours.
The shrine is surrounded by a stone wall, 37 m long and 27 m wide. On its southern side is a doorway decorated with stone carvings, leading to a stone paved terrace.
Written 27 February 2023
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,896 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Known also as the Shrine of Sixty Relics, it sits opposite the Vatadage. It may have housed at one stage the Tooth Relic, possibly built by Nissankamalla but this is disputed. It is thought its three Buddhas represent the past, present and future.
Written 6 February 2020
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DipuKV
Pune, India3,063 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
An important element of Polonnaruwa, Hatadage wows you with its significance. A great place to imbibe the beauty and culture of the country.
Written 13 January 2020
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JOANNE99JAYAMAHA
Colombo, Sri Lanka120 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
Hatadage is an ancient relic shrine in the city of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka. It was built by King Nissanka Malla, and had been used to keep the Relic of the tooth of the Buddha. The Hatadage had been built using stone, brick and wood, although only parts of the brick and stone walls now remain . It appears to have been a two-storey structure, but the upper storey has now been destroyed. Three Buddha statues carved out of granite rock are located within a chamber of the shrine.
Written 29 August 2019
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia20,866 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
It was a very hot day during our visit, however it was worth the time to have a look at the ruins, of temples past, at the time there was no one around so we could have a good explore.
Written 16 April 2019
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301lisa33
Coventry, UK1,955 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
This temple is one of several located within the Polonnaruwa Quadrangle. It is worth spending a little while looking at some of its detail
Written 8 April 2019
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Eva J
Moscow, Russia2,672 contributions
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Dec 2018 • Solo
This temple is within the so called quadrangle area, and is small compared to the rest of what you'll see during the day. There are three Buddhas across the back wall, and no roof.
Written 16 January 2019
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ShvRm_Traveller
Goa, India578 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
This is Buddhist Temple located opposite Polonnaruwa Vatadage. It is believed to be the oldest structure in Golden Quadrangle built in 2nd half of 11th Century and beginning of 12th Century.
This is where the Sacred Tooth Relic and Bowl Relic was believed to be originally housed. In the present condition the temple is in ruins, however, it is a must visit site. There are three idols of Buddha, which are in partially ruined state, in the temple. The photography is allowed in the temple, but no other person should be in frame, while taking photos of the idols. Photos with back to the idol are also prohibited.
Written 25 November 2018
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland10,876 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
We loved the Hatadage and it's wonderfully intricate and detailed statuary. It is an integral part of any visit to Polonnaruwa and a fine part of the sacred quadrangle even though its somewhat overshadiwed ny the adjacent Vatadage. It is a wonderful temple in its own right and I think it is an absolute must see
IIt has a well preserved outer wall but the roof is long gone. There is an outer courtyard but the real joy is the inner one with three Buddha statues facing you
It's best seen with a guide as we did because there is so much to the place that the display signs and even a good guide book just wont cover as well as a knowledgeable guide.
You'll need to cover shoulders and knees and take off your shoes but be sure to leave socks on as the stones paving can be baked to very hot temperatures and you could burn your feet.
By the way, make sure to check out the anazing stone book just beside it to the right as you face the Hatadage entrance with thousands of pages worth of carved Sanskrit annals of an ancient king.
Written 26 July 2018
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Janaka P
Colombo, Sri Lanka290 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Family
Hatadage is one of the ancient ruins at the Mahamewna Park in Polonnaruwa which will take you back centuries. A must see. Pls include this to your bucket list...
Written 10 May 2018
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