Thiwanka Pilimage / Thiwanka Image House – Polonnaruwa

The ‘Thiwanka Image house’ or ‘Thiwamka Pilimage’ is one of the most important archaeological sites in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka. It has been given the name ‘Thiwanka’ which means ‘Three Curves’ because the large image of Buddha has been curved in three locations. This Buddhist temple complex was built by King Parakramabahu the Great in the 12th century. The statue is made of brick and is about 6.6 meters tall.

The walls of the temple are decorated with murals depicting scenes from the Jataka Tales (the stories of the Buddha’s previous lives before enlightenment). The temple is made of bricks and is about 133 feet long and 67.6 feet wide. Also, the walls of the temple are about 7-12 feet thick.

‘Thiwamka Pilimage’ is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a popular tourist destination. The temple complex is located about 8 kilometers from the city center of Polonnaruwa.

Original photography credits © Isura Nimantha