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According to the inscriptions found, this pillared structure has identified as the Nissanka Latha Mandapaya. It is located in the place known as Dalada Maluwa in Polonnaruwa District of North Central Province, Sri Lanka. This building was constructed by the King Nissankamalla (1187-1196 A.D.). According to an inscription, this is the place where the King Nissankamalla listened to Pirith Chanting (a recitation or chanting of the word of the Lord Buddha).
The building is surrounded by a stone railing and the entrance is also protected by a stone doorway. The stone pillars in this building are a unique design. These pillars are not straight and they are carved in three places. The top of the pillars takes the shape of a lotus bud. And the rest of the pillars have carved as the stem of the flower. There is a small stone Stupa (truncated top, perhaps to receive the relic casket during Pirith chanting) on the center of the platform in the middle of the building. It is believed that the roof of the building was done with wood.