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Palace of King Nissanka Malla

Polonnaruwa, Polonnaruwa, Ancient Central, Sri Lanka.
Location : Polonnaruwa
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Only the foundation and few pillars remain today of this building. This probably was two storeyed and the upstairs made out of wood.
To see many of the relics excavated from the site such as the stone lion which once guarded the palace of King Nissanka Malla you may have to visit the National Museum in Colombo, where they are kept.
Nissanka Malla (A.D. 1187-1196) ruled for nine years. He was born at Sinhapura in Kalinga in A.D. 1157/8, and was son-in-law or nephew to Parakrama Bahu I., who brought him from his native country to Lanka. He is the first of the pure Kalinga dynasty, and in his inscriptions which abound in Polonnaruwa is careful to inculcate the right of that family to the throne of Lanka, basing this claim on the ancestry of Vijaya, the first king.
His documents are bombastic in the extreme, and he seems to have taken to himself the credit for many buildings erected by Parakrama Bahu.
What is certain is that he built the Ruwanweli Dagaba (the present Rankot Vehera) at Polonnaruwa, and also a new Tooth Relic temple, the construction of which is said to have taken 60 hours. He also embellished the cave temple of Dambulla.

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