Wada sitina Maligawa

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One could see the ancient ‘Vada Sitina Maligawa’ or the real chamber where the sacred Tooth Relic had been kept with utmost honor, in front of the Hewisi Mandapaya. This Vada Sitina Maligawa had two storey’s namely upper and lower storey. Just in front of the lower storey one could see a moon stone. The name ‘sandagala’ too was used to it. One could see 3 lotuses in that moonstone. The lotus at middle was big while the other two on both sides were small. When looking at the front one could see a makara thorana carved out of stones and a silver door finished with attractive carvings.

The pride and the arrogance of the Temple of sacred tooth relic were displayed by the figures of two lions with mouths gaped carved in stone on both sides of the flight of steps and the two large couple of tusks. This vahalkada or gateway was known as gateway tusk. These were two doors from south and North and were used as entrances to the lower storey. But these doors were not generally kept open. The encircling verandah in the lower storey was constructed about 48 inches above the stone paved compound. On the encircling verandah 12 in * 12 in* ½ in. marbles were fitted. There were twenty six columns around the ‘Vada Stitna Maligawa’ or the ‘Chamber of Tooth Relic’. On these stone columns in a space of about one foot and eight inches paintings were done and colored. Various pieces of art and paintings were done on the ceiling and the walls of the lower storey.

As soon as one entered through the silver door of the lower storey on could reach the old ‘diggeya’ the long hall used daily by drummers for the ‘great offering’ or ‘Thevava’. Inside it were several alymyrahs in which valuable antiques or curios were placed. The ceiling had been decorated with paintings. The traditional or customary chair (Vatha putuwa) which was placed on the back of the elephant to be carried in the ‘Perahera’ or procession had been kept for protection in the ‘diggeya’. Inside it one could see a room separated by a door in a granite pandol of a makara or mythical fish. It was named as ‘maha aramudala’ or store room. Just in front of it was an ancient ‘diggeya’. The flight of steps made out of wood provided access from the lower storey to the upper storey. Entrance through this passage along the wooden flight of steps had only been provided to ‘Mahasangha’, assisting staff or the staff attendance to the ‘thevava’ and the special guest. jordans for sale ebay