Tivanka Image House is identified as the image house of Jetavanaramaya Monastery built by the King Parakramabahu the Great (1153 – 1186). It is located in the main archaeological site of Polonnaruwa District in North Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name Tivanka (means three bends) is given due to its giant Buddha image is bent at three places, namely shoulder, hip, and knee. The image house is famous due to the paintings on its interior walls. The paintings belong to the 12th century and they depict certain incidents from Jataka Stories and the life of Buddha.
Like Thuparamaya and Lankathilaka, this image house also belongs to the vaulted (Gedige) type and part of the vaulted roof is still lying to the South of the shrine. The vimanas with figures of details and the dwarf figure in various postures on the exterior walls are admirable work of creative art.
This image house is located somewhat away from the other places and therefore many travelers who visit the Polonnaruwa archaeological site misses this. You can access this place by Thivanka Pilimage road at the left side of the road to the exit gate of the site. You can also visit the Demala Maha Seya and the Lotus Pond by this road and they are located before the Tivanka Image House.
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